One man's quest to follow in the footsteps of his adventurous great-grandfather has uncovered a secret extended family of more than 300 people in South America.

Robin Bayley, 43, of Hampstead, England, discovered an astonishing skeleton in the family closet when he travelled to Mexico inspired by his grandmother Ruth Jones's stories about the adventures of her father Arthur Greenhalgh.

Taking up a job offer in the country a century ago, Mr Greenhalgh encountered bandits, jungle, hidden bags of silver and bloody revolution.

But what his grandmother and none of the British family knew was that Arthur, who was known in the country as Arturo, had taken a Mexican lover, Maria, while managing a mill in a small village in western Mexico. The relationship produced a daughter, Quitita.

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