Category: World War 1

52 Ancestors : Week # 40 – Oldest

Florence Heath Carré I’m participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestor Challenge. The writing prompt for this week is OLDEST. What comes to my mind is the ancestor in my family who was the OLDEST. My (paternal) Great Great Grandmother Florence Heath lived to see 102 years! In fact, in just two more months she…

52 Ancestors : Week # 36 – Labour

I am participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge. The writing prompt this week is LABOUR. noun: labour 1.work, especially hard physical work. Recently, I came across in the National Records of Scotland the Statutory Register of birth for my Husband’s Grandfather, Robert Ramsay Rodger. His birth was in the District of Wemyss in the…

52 Ancestors : Week # 17 – Land

I’m participating in Amy Johnson-Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge. This is week # 17. The writing prompt is land. As always, Amy assures is that these prompts are up for interpretation so here goes…When I think of land, the first thing (funny enough) that popped in to my head was the Woody Guthrie song “This Land…

52 Ancestors : Week # 10 – Strong Woman

When I first saw the writing prompt for Amy Johnson-Crow’s challenge for Week # 10 was Strong Woman, I thought that was so appropriate considering International Woman’s Day is March 8th. I’m very sure that wasn’t a coincedence and I knew exactly who I would write about. Introducing Hilary Newitt Brown. My Great Aunt Hilary…

Art, Peace and Hope

My paternal Grandmother, Margaret Hope Newitt was born in Helensburgh, Scotland. I wrote a bit about her growing up just north of there in Shandon in my previous post The Abandoned Mansion. She passed away in September of 1985 which unbelievably was 34 years ago. Despite having lost her so long ago I have lots…

Carré Brothers

My Great Great Grandparents, Arthur Augustus Carré and Florence (nee Heath) had nine children in total, among them were 6 sons and 3 daughters. Two of their sons had died before the war even began. Tragically, three more of their boys were killed during what would be one of the deadliest conflicts in history, the…

The Abandoned Mansion

This amazing building pictured above is where my Grandmother lived as a young girl. Can you imagine?! It is located in Shandon, which is a small town approximately 50 km north-east of Glasgow, Scotland and was appropriately named “Shandon House”. It was originally built in 1849 “in the Scots Baronial style by eminent architect Charles…