A US woman who is proud to say she was “made in Scotland” — and has the tattoo to prove it — is hoping Scots can help her find precious photos of what she thinks may be her final trip here.
Sheila Flanagan, 70, from Argyle in Texas, was visiting Scotland with family earlier this summer and had taken a host of photos of her “beloved Scotland”.
However, when she got home she realised she had lost the camera.
Now, three months on, she has issued a “crazy” online plea in the faint hope that someone might have found it.
Sheila said: ” I had the most fantastic trip to Scotland in May with my son and other family.
“We had left the Isle of Skye on our way to our last night in Glasgow and had stopped at Loch Lomond. The battery ran out in my camera and I thought I put it in the rental car. When I got back to Texas, I realised I didn’t have my camera.
“I tried the rental car agency and the hotel we stayed in our last night in Glasgow — no luck.”
Sheila says many people have already tried to help, with her appeal being shared online thousands of times.
“My camera is a red Canon Powershot SX280HS. I really don’t care if I get the camera back — it is all the memories that I so want to find,” she said.
“I turned 70 in July and it was probably my last trip to Scotland until my son and daughter-in-law take my ashes back. I hope that is still years away, but when you’re 70, it’s just reality!”
Sheila is holding on to hope that Scots’ willingness to help might just reunite her with her precious photos.
She continued: “The people of Scotland are doing everything they can to get it back to me. Someone found a camera at St. Andrews and I have had several emails from people letting me know.
“Unfortunately, it was not my camera but I appreciate each and every one of those people trying to get the camera back to its owner. I just wish it had been mine.”
Even if the appeal ultimately proves unsuccessful, Sheila says she’ll never feel anything other than love for Scotland.
She added: “My mother was seven months pregnant with me when she came to Texas after marrying my dad during the war.
“I got a tattoo on my arm that says “made in Scotland” when I made my first trip in 2013!”
If you think you can help, please email Sheila at email@example.com.
Alternatively, copy the text below and share it online:
I know this is probably crazy to think someone might have found my camera, but I’m going to post this anyway. I had the most fantastic trip to Scotland in May with my son and other family We had left the Isle of Skye on our way to our last night in Glasgow and had stopped at Loch Lomond. The battery ran out in my camera and I thought I put it in the rental car. When I got back to Texas, I realised I didn’t have my camera. I tried the rental car agency and the hotel we stayed in our last night in Glasgow, no luck. So, if anyone has found a red Canon Powershot camera and would like to contact me, I would LOVE to just get the pictures back. You are welcome to keep the camera. I turned 70 in July and I am afraid that might have been my last trip to my beloved Scotland. My mother was 7 months pregnant with me when she came to Texs after marrying my dad during the war. I got a tattoo on my arm that says “made in Scotland” when I made my first trip in 2013. I got it at the best tattoo studio in Edinburgh or at least that is what our taxie driver told me!! (: So, I know there is not much hope, but just in case, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and God bless Scotland.