As a result of my posting on this forum I have been contacted by a distant relation of Ryle Samuel Osborne. The respondant, not a motor cycle enthusiast and living in South Africa, was researching his own family history on the Internet and came across my posting by chance. He has given an interesting insight into RSO's family, and contact with more immediate descendants. He has also sent a photo of RSO standing proudly by an Osborne machine of c 1909 vintage.
The events leading up to the tragic fire at Princess Works are a tale in their own right, in fact, there is a booklet on it "Devils Let Loose" by Pat Nurse... the Story of the Lincoln Riots, 1911. The similarities to the Tottenham riots last year are uncanny... and our Government blamed the Internet!!
Immediatly after the fire RSO reformed under The Lindum Engineering Co, started dabbling with aircraft, and moved to Birmingham where he married twice and produced nine children. He fell out with a few people along the way, died in Birmingham, age 80.
With research and help from two friends I am putting together a document on my machine and it's maker. It's constantly changing as new information comes to light, but I will be happy to email it on to anyone who would like to see it.
Thanks again for you interest... and that changing subject line is certainly a mystery