Following the publication of my book ‘Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret’ , Patrick Matthew's third great grandson Major Howard Minnick sent me a copy of two bound, unpublished, volumes of Matthew family history, written by Matthew's German descendant Wulf G. Gerdts. The family kindly granted to both myself and Dr Mike Weale of Kings College London the rights to share these pictures on websites and scholarly publications. More materials will be made available soon from Gerdts’s highly valuable work: ‘Die Matthew Saga 1 (1790 – 1918) and Die Matthew Saga 2 (1918-2003). As far as we are aware, the pictures on this page have never before been seen outside the Matthew family. And this is the first time they have been published. I consider these pictures to be international cultural treasures.
The first pictures are of Matthew's now demolished house at Gourdie Hill. The others show him as a younger man than we have seen before. He is depicted in these new pictures with his wife and daughters.
Mike Sutton March 11 2015