I have rethought several matters and tidied up a number of others.
The important addition to the research is the significance that the evangelism of the recently formed (1843) Free Church of Scotland had on a young James Ford. The claustrophobic conditions created by the industrialisation of labour around the Glasgow area of Scotland could only have served the visionary gentlemen of the Free Church to promote far away places as places of refuge.
James Ford married Elizabeth Muir in Waikouaiti (later became Otago) New Zealand in 1864. Elizabeth’s father, Robert Muir was a contractor working in the area and was present at the marriage. It appears that James was working for Robert in road construction in the surrounding district at the time.
Robert Muir was declared ‘fraudulently insolvent’ and a police warrant was issued for his arrest. Further details can be found on the James Ford New Zealand page.
I have been trying to find the actual reference to the felony and have just received the following image of the Otago Police Gazette dated May 1, 1866 from the researcher at the Hocken Collections at the University of Otago. I have included the full page along with an enlarged image of the relevant reference to Robert Muir.
The reference gives a good description of Robert Muir and a reference to a brother in law name Ford.
Today I have gathered material surrounding James Ford’s New Zealand misadventure.Well, not altogether a bad deal but there is a darker side and the matter of police warrants and fraudulent solvency.Check out the New Zealand page.