My Desperate Search To Find The Woman Who Alex Salmond Fed A Solero To In 1999

    Alex Salmond's Solero Lady, who are you?

    At some point in the past, Alex Salmond fed a Solero to a woman next to a lake on a sunny afternoon.

    Donald Macleod

    Years later, I stumbled across the image and was immediately captivated.

    Donald Macleod

    I had so many questions. Principally, why did Alex Salmond feed a Solero to a woman in what appeared to be the late 1990s?

    Donald Macleod

    I had to find out more. I set out on a quest to find Alex Salmond's Solero Lady and ask her how this inexplicable scenario came to be.

    This was all the information I had: Alex Salmond fed a fruit-based iced lollipop to a woman, and, having visited almost every Scottish student union in a previous life as a wastrel, I knew the feeding took place at Stirling University.

    This is a rough estimated location.

    Google Maps

    With this information as my starting point, I googled.

    Google
    Google
    Google

    Nothing – I had to change my strategy.

    I noticed there was a faint watermark on the photograph naming the photographer, Donald MacLeod. Could Donald help me?

    Gmail

    Donald did not reply.

    I changed strategy again and enlisted the help of my colleagues.

    Can YOU identify this woman being fed a Solero by Alex Salmond in 1999? Reward for any information. RTs appreciated.

    Jim Waterson@jimwatersonFollow

    Can YOU identify this woman being fed a Solero by Alex Salmond in 1999? Reward for any information. RTs appreciated.

    5:36 PM - 03 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Within 12 minutes, a Twitter user had succeeded where I had been failing for months.

    @jimwaterson Here name is Kate Adamson. http://t.co/MFjhCWzJrj What do I win? :)

    Jeremy Duns@jeremydunsFollow

    @jimwaterson Here name is Kate Adamson. http://t.co/MFjhCWzJrj What do I win? :)

    5:48 PM - 03 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The Daily Record named her as Kate Adamson, aged 17 in 1999. (Note: I am sceptical about it being a "chocolate lolly" – in the photo it is clearly fruit-based.)

    Daily Record

    But this was a major breakthrough. Alex Salmond's Solero Lady was finally within my grasp.

    I turned to Facebook and contacted every Kate Adamson I could find who could feasibly have been fed a Solero by Alex Salmond in Stirling in 1999.

    Facebook

    Only one Kate Adamson fitted the bill. I contacted her on Facebook, Twitter, and, finally, her work email. She replied with this.

    Gmail

    Bollocks. I had to change strategy again.

    I went back over my evidence and realised there was one more option available to me: Stirling University's alumni group. I asked if they knew a Kate Adamson who was at the university in 1999.

    Gmail

    As far as I could tell, Alex Salmond's Solero Lady had disappeared off the face of the earth.

    Utterly disheartened after one particularly long day of searching, I gave up and tried to forget about Alex Salmond's Solero Lady.

    Having now spent about eight hours unsuccessfully trying to track down a woman Alex Salmond fed an ice lolly to in 1999, I'm going to bed.

    Jamie Ross@JamieRoss7Follow

    Having now spent about eight hours unsuccessfully trying to track down a woman Alex Salmond fed an ice lolly to in 1999, I'm going to bed.

    12:00 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    But, after three peaceful months, David Whitley tweeted this Fifty Shades of Grey meme.

    There she was again. The angel of my nightmares – Alex Salmond's Solero Lady.

    I couldn't get her off my mind.

    Thanks to @MrDavidWhitley I have once again become obsessed with finding Alex Salmond's Solero Lady.

    Jamie Ross@JamieRoss7Follow

    Thanks to @MrDavidWhitley I have once again become obsessed with finding Alex Salmond's Solero Lady.

    4:41 PM - 09 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I know her name, but I have no idea what happened to her after this sunny day in Stirling when she was fed a Solero by Alex Salmond.

    Jamie Ross@JamieRoss7Follow

    I know her name, but I have no idea what happened to her after this sunny day in Stirling when she was fed a Solero by Alex Salmond.

    4:43 PM - 09 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Do any private investigators follow me? I must know what happened to #AlexSalmondsSoleroLady.

    Jamie Ross@JamieRoss7Follow

    Do any private investigators follow me? I must know what happened to #AlexSalmondsSoleroLady.

    4:50 PM - 09 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    So now, for the sake of my sanity, I ask all of you – do you know Alex Salmond's Solero Lady?

    Donald Macleod

    Please email me at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com. Please.

    Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

    Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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