At ISTE in San Antonio, I was told that one of my relations may have been at the Alamo and I should go and check out the exhibition.
Having decided I’d earned a holiday after the conference, I made the Alamo my first tourist stop on a trip round the Southern States. The Alamo is apparently the most popular tourist attraction in Texas so it would have been remiss to miss it!
Being British and not very familiar with American history or American films, I knew little of the story. Also, being used to British weather, I made the mistake of cycling to the Alamo at midday. Arriving very very hot, I was pleased to spend the next few hours inside cool, dark buildings, learning about the history of the area and the fall of the Alamo.
The brutality was shocking, the bravery inspiring and there on the plaque of the heroes of the Alamo were two Ballantines (or rather, a Ballantine and a Ballentine). The Ballantine from Scotland could quite possibly be a long lost relatives of mine. Who knows?
It seemed so sad that Richard W. Ballantine had traveled so far, only for his life to then end in the fall of the Alamo. But I’m sure Texas and the US are grateful for the part he played in a pivotal event in US history. To possibly my great-great-great-great-great-great uncle, I thank you!
– Jane Ballantine