While Los Altos resident Dr. Bob Alloo was helping his mother move into an assisted living facility, he discovered a new opportunity buried in a worn-down box in his mom’s garage. He unpacked several sepia-toned Victorian-era photos with the name “John Gibson, WS” written on the back.
The name took him back to stories he was told as a child. John Gibson was his great-great-great-grandfather and the Edinburgh lawyer of the 19th-century poet and author Sir Walter Scott. Alloo’s family knew little of Gibson’s story, but Alloo committed himself to finding the missing link that connected his family to Scottish royalty.