Jock's father didn't like Mary Costin. His step-mother called her a 'slut' on the doorstep. But then Andrew and Alice Hume didn't like a lot of people, their own children included.
Jock didn't care what his parents thought. He had moved out of their home months before to live with Mary and her mother.
In Scottish law and tradition, this was a hand-fasting. It meant that any children forthcoming during the next year should be considered legitimate, as long as the couple then married.
His voyage on Titanic would have earned him enough to pay for the wedding ceremony. It was planned for when he returned home from the Atlantic crossing. It would have happened anyway, but the news of the baby hurried things up. Both Mary and Jock were ecstatic at the idea of starting a family.
He must have been thinking of her, as he battled to stay alive in the freezing ocean. She wasn't even listed as his next of kin.
Unmarried and pregnant, in Edwardian Scotland, Mary had an up-hill struggle on her hands. It would take several court cases to even entitle her daughter to assistance from the Titanic Charity Fund. She did the absolute best that she could in the circumstances.
Most stories about Titanic's victims and survivors concentrate on the rich and titled. This biography is something different. It tells, in well-researched depth, the experiences of two working class families in the aftermath of the disaster.
Some of the details are absolutely shocking. For example, I already knew that the crew were all fired from their jobs at the instant that Titanic sank. But I hadn't grasped what that meant. The reality was that their wages stopped at that moment too. White Star Line paid their next of kin what was owed until April 15th, 2.20am, and no more.
But that also included stoppages. Jock Hume had been liable for his own uniform, as well as the White Star insignia and buttons. The costs would have been deducted from his pay, before it was given to him. By the time that the ship sank, he hadn't earned enough to cover what he was wearing. His family received an invoice for the out-standing amount.
That is just one of the jaw-dropping details that you will learn when reading And the Band Played On...