In 2011, Maybole postman Alex
Gemmell asked if anyone could tell him more about this silver
tricycle medal awarded by Maybole Cycling Club for tricycling
for 100 miles. The medal was awarded to W. McKellar and has the
Birmingham Assay Office Anchor stamp. This medal was made by
John Gilbert in Birmingham, and bears the hallmark for 1890.
Alex was willing to give the medal to the 'owner' or surviving
relatives if they could be traced.
As well as local newspapers, the
request was posted on www.maybole.org and later that year
Jennifer Novzen got in touch to say that her great grandfather
was former Provost of Maybole William McKellar and she believed
the medal belonged to him. In addition, Jennifer has a gold
version of the same medal that is in his name.
Jennifer’s great grandfather
married Isabella Lees, the daughter of John Lees who founded the
John Lees & Co Ltd boot factory in 1874 in Maybole. William
McKellar went on to run the boot factory with Isabella's brother
John Lees after the senior John Lees died. William
McKellar and Isabella had 9 children, including Jennifer’s
grandfather John McKellar who went on to run the factory after
The McKellar family photo was
taken around 1900 or 1901. Family that are in the photo starting
in the back row (left to right) are: Sarah McKellar (1884-?);
Colin McKellar (1885-1904); Elizabeth McKellar (1883-1913);
middle row (left to right) are Jeanie McKellar (1887? - ?);
William McKellar (1852-1924); Mary McKellar 1886-?); Isabella
McKellar (1860-1950); and front row (left to right) William
Thomson McKellar (1897-?); Isabel Lees McKellar (1896-?); John
Lees McKellar (1894-1967); Jenny McKellar (1891-?)
Last month, Jennifer and her two
sisters Jeannette Anders and Fiona Price visited the area and
were intending to be in Maybole on gala day so it was arranged
for Alex to present the medal to them then.
After returning home Jennifer
Novzen later emailed to say, “Thanks so much for arranging the
return of the tricycle medal! We so enjoyed our day at the
Maybole Community Day. Jennifer”.