Chiene was noted as an "intelligent, indefatigable and hospitable factor" to Mr Campbell and was also referred to as 'Chamberlain of Islay' (ie in charge of managing the household of the island's foremost figure). But, as mentioned in the previous post, times became hard on Islay as a consequence of the potato famine and Campbell (a relation of Daniel Campbell of Shawfield) ended up bankrupt. George Todd Chiene would soon be on the move and he would be taking Neil Shaw with him. Chiene became factor on the Lundin Estate around the time that it was purchased by the Standard Life Assurance Company. In 1852, the company purchased the estate as an investment and development opportunity. The railway was soon to reach Lundin Links and Largo and would trigger the initial attempts to expand Lundin Links into a planned village of upmarket villas. We can assume that Chiene had a facilitating role to play in this venture.
The building of the extension railway line from Leven along through Lundin Links and Largo to Kilconquhar in the mid-1850s could well have been something that Shaw and Chiene contributed to. The advert below shows an example of another forester nearby at the time advertising wood for railway sleepers - could Shaw have done this at Lundin Links?
George Todd Chiene was elected Captain of Lundin Golf Club (at the age of 60) in 1869, the year after the Club was first founded. His election came after the autumn meeting where the 'Standard' medal was played for and won by his son, George Todd Chiene, Jr (then aged 25). This was reported in the Edinburgh Evening Courant on 11 October 1869. There is no record of Neil Shaw playing golf but I imagine he must have played on the course with George Chiene. The pair were undoubtedly close as the Shaws named one of their children after one of Chiene's. 'Dorothea Chiene Shaw' was born in 1871, twenty one years after Dorothea Chiene, George's eldest daughter was born.
On 17 June 1882 George Todd Chiene died at Burntisland aged 72. Some mystery surrounds the latter part of Neil Shaw's life. There are no death records for him, his wife or his forester sons. I speculate that the family may have emigrated to Canada, where there was much British interest in the timber trade, including among the Gilmour family which had bought the Lundin Estate in 1872. I wonder what Neil Shaw would make of the fact that a hole at the Lundin Golf Club is still named after him and what he would think of the busy farm shop and cafe that has sprung up next to his former home (see image at foot of post).
Finally, it's worth noting that two of Chiene's sons had interesting life stories. Eldest son John became Professor of Surgery at Edinburgh University and worked with Sir John Goodsir (a theme worth returning to in the future). Second son George followed in his father's footsteps as a Chartered Accountant, an auditor for Standard Life, a factor for several Fife Estates and Captain of Innerleven Golf Club. In fact, the Chiene company of Chartered Accountants continues on to this day in Edinburgh and you can read about the firm's history here.