When Annie Mary and Sally left their home
in the Chanonry in 1929 (?) and, I think, moved to Cromwell Road,
there apparently wasn't room for Maggie, who moved to Peterhead as
Companion to a Miss Annand.
We don't know who this Miss Annand
was, but presumably a second cousin, their parents being full cousins.
Both sets of parents were grandchildren of George Hutchison and Christian
Keith of Gask, Maggie being a granddaughter of James and Mary Castell;
Miss Annand being a daughter of either Alex or George Annand, who were
sons of Barbara Hutchison. I don't know which one to choose, and I don't
think Betty Strachan does, either.
Alex Annand had three eligible
daughters; George Annand had two. Miss Annand lived in Peterhead,
and was a bit of a misery. Poor little Maggie (she was only about 5 feet
tall) suffered agonies of starvation. She took refuge occasionally with
Betty Strachan's family, who were also relations. Betty's mother, Elsie
Hutchison. was a daughter of James, the illegitimate son of Thomas H., son
of George and Christian, so Elsie and Maggie were second cousins. Oh,
these extended families !!!!
When Miss Annand died Maggie moved to
Fraserburgh, I assume to live with her youngest sister, yet another Elsie
,who was married to Thomson, the draper. At the 1901 census Annie Mary was
keeping house for her uncle, at the age of 23, and she described herself
as a Housekeeper at her wedding in 1912. Her address at the time was given
as Berrymoss, which surprises me a bit, for the last Hutchison at
Berrymoss was Alexander, who died in 1911. He was succeeded by Sandy and
Annie Paul, from whom we inherited the Dining Room Table. Close friends
whom we often visited. Annie Paul was a Sangster descendant.
TH - GH 14 May 05.
I've had a close look at Chris Cameron's
abstracts of the writings of John Hutchison, of 1817, and I'm intrigued.
The information was already known to us, obtained from some notes left by
Uncle Alex Bain. The language, and the information, are identical, so
we're left to wonder how he came by his data.
I think the answer is that Alex Bain and his wife Annie Hutchison, (a
niece of William H), together with the Danestone Hutchisons, (Alexander H
and Laura Cantlay), were quite close to Annie Mary and Sally: Alex was
known to be an enthusiastic genealogist, so they would have shown him the
papers, which were later acquired by Alan McGregor and his wife.
I've mentioned this before now, but it stands
repeating - My family's contacts with Annie Mary and Sally most often
occurred either at Danestone or at the Bains; though they often visited us
at Gladstone Place. However Laura, permanent resident at Danestone, says
she has no recollection of them, and only knew Alan's wife through
Now we have to ponder the question why these
papers passed from the mysterious John H, whom we have never encountered
elsewhere, to his nephew William, who was by no means near to the direct
line of succession. (My Grandfather, George, of Hardslacks, would have
been a more obvious custodian: Maybe they weren't on speaking terms)
And the other question - How come Annie Mary
was married from Berrymoss, while the tenant - Alex Hutchison, died a year
earlier? (He and his wife had reared the orphan family of James H.,
including Elsie (Betty Strachan's mother ) Frances Janet, Lucie Hume, and
Victor - Eileen's father, plus the orphaned son, James, of the James who
married Jane Stewart and later went to Australia, where he died.
(Just to confuse matters, another sister, named Annie Mary, was reared by
the Buchan's, at Ardiffery.) I suppose there was no immediate hurry about
moving the family out, and as Annie Mary (McGregor, to be) was 32 at the
time, was an experienced housekeeper, and had no other commitments, she
would have been the obvious choice to help the orphans find their ways
forward. I just wish we had thought of questioning her about the details
of the Berrymoss household, for they remain a bit of a mystery. By 1912,
date of her wedding, the fates of the various orphans seem to have been
settled. After all, they were no longer all that young.!!!
TH - GH 16 May 05.