The family of one of the founders of iconic motorcycle manufacturers Harley-Davidson went back to their roots recently during a visit to Angus.
Jean Davidson, with her son Jon Oeflein, travelled from Milwaukee to see Netherton Cottage at Aberlemno, where Jean’s great-great grandparents lived before they emigrated to America.
Alexander and Margaret Davidson, along with their six children, lived in the cottage until 1857 when they moved to Wisconsin in search of better opportunities.
Three of their grandchildren - Arthur, Walter and Willia - went on to cofound the Harley-Davidson company in 1903 with Englishman Bill Harley.
In addition to founding the now famous motorcycle company, Jean’s grandfather Walter was also its first president.
Restoration of the Davidson cottage was completed two years ago by The Davidson Legacy, formed by its owners Maggie Sherrit, Mike Sinclair and Keith Mackintosh.
They acquired the property in 2008 with funding from themselves, the Scottish Rural Development Programme and the Angus and Dundee Tourism Partnership.
Jean is an internationally known author and speaker and she and Jon recently published their latest family history book, ‘Harley-Davidson Family Memories’.
The book is a comprehensive collection of rare photos , letters and stories of the Harley-Davidson founders and their families right through to the current generation.
Jean began riding Harley-Davidsons at the age of 12 and at one time was the owner of the largest Harley Davidson dealership in Wisconsin.
For further information on The Davidson Legacy, including information on the family’s history, visit the legacy’s website at www.thedavidsonlegacy.com