How good are you at solving historical puzzles? Mr. Forrest sent me this query and I told him I would write a post about this interesting riddle that he would like to solve. This is what he wrote (Thank you all in advance for helping!):
My uncle has a portrait (attached) which has been passed down the family line. We think it is one of three portraits referred to in a will – the options being
- Charles Macintosh (a Scottish inventor of the Macintosh coat)
- Dr John Forrest (a Physician who served much of his time in the army) (more details on my website here: http://rootsunearthed.com/index.php5?title=John_FORREST_(1804-1865) ), or
- John Graham Rodger (a merchant who later became a magistrate i.e. Justice of the Peace)
I have found on the internet other portraits of Charles Macintosh and am sure the portrait is not of him. This leaves the possibility of either the Physician or a Magistrate.
I wonder if your experience of the 19th century and clothing could identify anything that may point to Physician or Magistrate?
Or possibly you know someone else who could assist?