There has been quite a bit of news coverage this week given that April 15, 2012 marks 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic. One article in The Chronicle Herald that caught my eye was about a letter written by Robert Douglas Norman the day before the ship set sail, containing his Will instructions.
Scottish record keepers reportedly discovered the letter and the inventory of Norman's estate as part of efforts to digitize thousands of paper records for a national genealogy website. Mr. Norman was a young electrical engineer from Glasgow. In the letter to his brother in Canada, Mr. Norman outlined his wishes for his estate, worth 8,500 pounds (about $1.0 million in today's currency). He asks that his estate be divided between his half-sister, step-niece and cousin, and adds: "This, of course, only holds good should I die unmarried and no other will is made by me".
Mr. Norman, like so many others, perished in the wreckage. His letter and the details of his estate are part of a display at the Scotlands People Centre in Edinburgh.
Since it seems this letter was not discovered at the time of death, I wonder what became of his estate. It likely was distributed in a different manner than that described in Mr. Norman's letter, particularly if there was a prior Will or if his estate was distributed as if he died intestate.
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