Andrew Low and the Sign of the Buck:
Trade,Triumph, Tragedy at the House of Low
by Jennifer Guthrie Ryan and Hugh Stiles Golson
Hardcover, 480 pages, genealogical chart, bibliography, index
62 illustrations, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4"
This historic narrative, written by cousins who are descendants of the Low and Stiles families, spans two centuries of the intertwined families of the House of Low and the extended families of the Clays, Stiles, and Mackays. Commencing with the Jacobite rebellions for the throne of feudal Scotland, coinciding with the settling of Colonial Georgia in the 1700's, it takes the reader on a fascinating voyage through ancestral connections to America's War of Independence and to Edwardian England. The story begins with the migration of Andrew Low, Sr., to Savannah, Georgia, where he becomes a cotton broker in 1800 and ultimately Savannah's wealthiest merchant. Later, as the Low family's business expands overseas, the Lows become involved in international affairs, including murder and mayhem in the burning of French privateers during the War of 1812, the investment in the S.S. Savannah, and, under heir-apparent Andrew Low, Jr., the rise in prominence of the family's antebellum cotton factorage business in Liverpool. Andrew made sure that his children socialized with British royalty, but it was his son Willie who married Savannah-born Juliette Gordon, founder of the the Girl Scouts of America in 1912.
Renown for their splendid entertainment, the Lows's guests included General Robert E. Lee and William Makepeace Thackeray.
Jennifer Guthrie Ryan is a broadcast journalist, researcher, and documentary producer who lives in Taos, New Mexico. Hugh Stiles Golson is a historian, preservationist, and educator who lives in Savannah.
Betty Darby, "Low Family Saga Co-authored by Distant Cousins"