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Ed German brings us a report on the dedication of the Faulds Memorial a few
weeks ago in Scotland.
A Report on the Dedication
of the Faulds Memorial in Beith, Scotland
by Ed German, CLPE, FFS
Beith, Scotland is a small village about fifteen miles southwest of Glasgow. It
is the hometown of Dr. Henry Faulds. On 12 November 2004, I visited Beith to
attend the dedication of a memorial to Dr. Faulds. The accompanying photos tell
the story of the dignified event organized by local resident Donald Reid and
attended by 50 or so Beith citizens, politicians, descendants of Dr. Henry
Faulds, the Japanese Police attaché (Second Secretary) from the embassy in
London, Shirley and Iain McKie, and a tiny delegation of fingerprint experts.
The fingerprint expert community was only represented by Allan Bayle, a former
UK police fingerprint expert who now works as a private consultant, and me, a US
Army fingerprint expert. Having made several pilgrimages to Dr. Henry Faulds’
memorial in Tsukiji, Japan, I could not resist the attraction of attending.
Although we did not claim to officially represent any organization, Mr. Bayle
and I are members of various professional fingerprint organizations including
the IAI, The Fingerprint Society, and SWGFAST.
Due to intermittent rain, the outdoor ceremony was brief and most comments were
made in a church atop a nearby hill. Excellent home made pastries, cakes and
snacks were provided in the church by local women. A Scottish craftsman
displayed a chair he carved and dedicated to Dr. Faulds. The seat of the chair
included inlaid wooden printing stating, “GREAT SCOTS DONT CHEAT.” I wondered
what the phrase was meant to signify. The craftsman explained that the phrase
was an admonishment for school children… and others present mentioned that it
might be an admonishment for the SCRO in light of the Shirley McKie debacle.
The event was very fitting as a tribute to Dr. Faulds. Local and national TV
and newsprint media covered the story. I encourage any fingerprint experts
touring Scotland to include a trip to Beith on their itinerary.
Allan Bayle, my loving wife, Nannette, and I were the houseguests of Iain and
Mairie McKie at their beachfront home in Ayr, about 30 minutes from Beith.
Four Faulds family members.
Various officials and visitors… Yoshihisa Tsukida of the
Japanese National Police Agency is beside Ed. The man in the hat is Dr. Fauld’s
great nephew. The man in red carved the Dr. Faulds chair (and is wearing a
wooden hat and bowtie).
Chair carved in 2004, dedicated to Dr. Henry Faulds.
Church were refreshments and indoor remarks occurred.
Allan Bayle and Ed German
Bayle, Shirley McKie and Iain McKie
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