A mysterious note from the past that ended “Who ever finds this bottle may think our dust is blowing along the road,” was found by a stunned plumber who had been hired to move a radiator in an Edinburgh family’s home.
Plumber Peter Allan handed the 135-year old message in a bottle to homeowner Eilidh Stimpson, who expressed her delight at the “pretty cool” find.
She described the moment Peter came down the stairs, shouting “look at what I just found in the hole I just made!”
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But once Eilidh had the bottle, she decided to be patient and wait until her kid got home from school before trying to open it.
"They were super-excited," Eilidh told Edinburgh Live, describing her kids' reaction. "When I picked them up from school I said 'I've got the most exciting thing to tell you' – to which they asked: 'are we having hot dogs for tea?' 'More exciting than that,' I said!
"My 8-year-old is in P4 and actually learning about the Victorians right now, which is great."
Once Eilidh's partner got home from work, the family tried getting the message out of the bottle, but to no avail. In the end they realised they were going to have to break the glass to avoid tearing the historic note.
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Eilidh explained: "We were desperately trying to get the note out with tweezers and pliers, but it started to rip a little bit. We didn't want to damage it further, so regrettably had to smash the bottle."
Untouched for an astonishing 7,049 weeks and four days, the message written on the mysterious parchment was finally revealed.
Signed and dated by two men who had helped build the house during the reign of Queen Victoria, the message read: “James Ritchie and John Grieve laid this floor, but they did not drink the whisky. October 6th 1887.
"Whoever finds this bottle may think our dust is blowing along the road.”
Peter added: "It's all a bit strange, but what a find! Where I cut the hole in the floor, is exactly where the bottle was located, which is crazy and so random."
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On Wednesday, Eilidh took to social media to share her family's incredible find with the community.
Eilidh added: "We've just been amazingly lucky, and I'm glad everyone thinks it's as interesting as we do. It feels quite nice to have a positive news story amid all this doom and gloom that's around at the moment.
"Now, I'm thinking we need to preserve the note and replace it with a message of our own for future generations to discover."
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