Family relations in Taliaferro stories?

Olaf Moriarty Solstrand olaf.solstrand at
Fri Dec 26 13:27:19 CET 2008

Hi Stefan,

> I was wondering: what family relations are mentioned in Taliaferro's  
> Donald Duck stories? I can think of two:

Another interesting one is that Taliaferro never actually said whose  
grandmother Grandma is -- Donald's or Huey, Dewey and Louie's.

> - According to Don Rosa, Scrooge's father lived in Scotland until his  
> death, but the mansion in the Taliaferro strip doesn't look like  
> Scrooge's father's home in any of the Rosa stories, and doesn't seem to  
> be located in Scotland either. Additionally, Taliaferro tells us that  
> Scrooge's father had a lot of money (enough to fill up a treasure chest  
> that he could bury), whereas Rosa tells us that he was constantly broke.

Well, Rosa also tells us that the biggest treasure in the world was buried  
underneath the McDuck castle and that Scrooge's father found this treasure.

And I get the impression that Scrooge supported his family in Scotland for  
latter fifteen or twenty years or Fergus's life. He could easily have put  
away some savings from that.

> - In the story "The Old Castle's Secret" we learn that the McDuck family  
> used to live in a castle in Scotland. But it doesn't tell when they  
> moved away from the castle -- they might have moved from that castle  
> several centuries ago. So there's no contradiction with that story. Is  
> there any other Barks story mentioning Scotland?

Oh yes. I think there are several, but the first one I recall without  
looking it up is US29, "Hound of the Whiskervilles".

> Note that even if it says that Scrooge's father was living in Scotland  
> at some point, it doesn't automatically mean that he was living there  
> *for his whole life* -- he might have moved at a later point. Is there  
> any non-Rosa story (apart from the Taliaferro strip) telling whether he  
> was rich or poor?

Yup, I seem to recall Scrooge telling about his poor family in US21, «King  
of the Golden River».


(PS -- Happy Holidays to everybody!)

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