Anecdotal evidence from his Grandson, Rodney North, indicates George was a good player of the bagpipes and when young used to play his father home in the evening with a guard of honour on the bagpipes with his brothers. Presumably he was convinced by the links to Scotland that his father encouraged. The name McIntyre has been passed down his great grandson Alistair.
His godparents were Lord and Lady Elphinstone, Scottish aristocrats who were subscribers to the books on Scottish culture that his father wrote in the 1880`s, another mysterious link to Scotland. We are researching this connection.
We know that George Elphinstone worked as an engineer in the telephone district of Rodney, but nothing else of his working life.
According to his Grandson he met Rose, who was the daughter of a corn merchant in Bude, whilst he was convalescing from Quinsy. He was in his kilt (another obsession with Scotland ?) when a grain hook got caught and lifted it, thus introducing himself to her. Presumably she was impressed.
He was a fanatical gardener, once coaxing a strand of Richmond Rose through his neighbour`s fence and taking cuttings which were widely distributed throughout the family. He may not have been very hygienic ...he would cut a wire worm through with the same knife as he peeled a conference pear, saying “you need to eat a peck of dirt before you die”