It is difficult to know what to say about the forebears and ancestors and aunts and cousins and married-ins and so on. Good sorts generally.
Or taken by the talons
My grandmother (before she was, obviously) with a friendly kookaburra at Mangrove Mountain
Taken by the hand
This is the title of a book by O.Douglas (sister to John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir). It is as gentle a tale as you are likely to find anywhere. The dedication reads: To Clement Bryce Gunn -- For nearly fifty years Doctor of Medicine in the town of Peebles. "Those who must journey/ Henceforward alone/ Have need of stout company/ Now Great Heart is gone." The book was first published in January 1935