Attending a recent family get-together in Scotland, Dave Gray seized the chance for genealogical research, asking the assembled elders about his great-grand-father, Robert Slater, a former provost of Kirkwall.
"Ah, yes," said a senior clan member. "I mind him fine. They used to call him Head First."
Dave naturally inquired about the origins of this soubriquet, to be told: "It was the way he signed his name – R Slater."