Victoria’s youngest saviors during the attempt upon her life in 1882—schoolboys Gordon Chesney Wilson and Leslie Robertson—earned the lion’s share of credit for protecting their queen from the gunman, Roderick Maclean. But actually, several other men fell upon Maclean and restrained him—before the two boys belabored him with their umbrellas. One of these captors was a Windsor photographer named James Burnside, Jr. Burnside grabbed Maclean’s gun hand, yanked it down, and loosened Maclean’s fingers from his pistol. Although the newspapers reported Burnside’s heroic action and Burnside recounted that action at Maclean’s trial, he never received royal recognition for his efforts. He was deeply irked by what he saw as a snub by the queen, and his annoyance only grew with time. Ten years after Maclean’s attempt, in 1892 Burnside—then in financial difficulty—wrote to then-Home Secretary Asquith suggesting that the Queen’s government could show their gratitude by providing him with contracts for photographic supplies. The Queen’s government, however, chose to do nothing, and with that James Burnside Junior apparently gave up his quest. James Burnside Senior, however, took up his son’s quest with almost pathological fervor, barraging Asquith with elaborate petitions, ornate with Shakespearean and Biblical parallels, crying out against his son’s plight. He alternatively pleaded with the government to accord his son due recognition, and threatened to sue the Queen and her government for this “scandalous miscarriage of justice.” The government decided, given the fact that over a dozen years had passed since the attempt, the fact that others as well as Burnside deserved credit for Maclean’s capture, and the fact that they seemed to be corresponding with a madman, decided to do nothing. At least once, Victoria herself became privy to Burnside Senior’s demands, but she agreed with her government to do nothing. Burnside Senior eventually published his entire correspondence in a local newspaper, sure that this would force the government to recognize his son’s heroism. It didn’t. Burnside’s last attempt to set the story right occurred in 1900, the year before the Queen’s death, when he angrily denounced a newspaper account of the heroism in 1882 of Gordon Chesney Wilson, then besieged at Mafeking; he simultaneously wrote to then-Home Secretary Matthew Ridley, again threatening to sue the Queen. He never did sue, and his son never received royal recognition for being the one who almost certainly stopped Roderick Maclean from taking a second shot at Queen Victoria.