A rare and poignant letter written by a Scot one hundred years ago as he prepared to board the doomed RMS Titanic, has been discovered by staff at the National Records of Scotland.
Robert Douglas Norman, a 28-year-old electrical engineer from Glasgow, wrote the letter from his half-sister’s home in London on 9 April 1912 – the eve of the famous liner’s departure from Southampton. He died when the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean six days later.
The National Records of Scotland discovered the rare letter, along with the inventory of Mr Norman’s estate, as part of their work to digitise thousands of paper records for the ScotlandsPeople genealogy website. You can learn more about Robert Douglas Norman and read the full letter on a dedicated page on the NAS website.
To mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, the original letter will be shown as well as other documents relating to a few of the 1,500 people who lost their lives by the foundering of the ‘Titanic’ at the ScotlandsPeople Centre at General Register House in Edinburgh. The free display can be seen from 16 April until 25 May, Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 16.30.