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Jenny claimed that her grandfather had been a tacksman on an estate belonging to Francis's uncle, the late Mr Buchanan of Arnprior, while her father "meant to prosecute the business of a Writer and for this purpose he came to Edinburgh and wrote in the chamber of the deceased Mr Alexander MacMillan writer to the signet for some years.
As a Writer to the Signet he became absorbed in individual life stories and the conditions lying behind crime.