Monthly Archives: August 2020

I don’t know whether Mamma told you of Matthew Russell’s visit… He was in one evening to see us, and has developed physically into quite a fine strapping lad. He has quite come out of his shell too. He has made an interesting generalisation from his experience when grooming and feeding horses – that the same horse will not try to bite and also to kick, that is, it will not be aggressive at both ends… Stornoway 24th Jan. 1917

In this week’s letter, Mr Gibson has news regarding some of the local boys serving in the War, there is mention of a big fishing week, and we find out what Jean thought about her recent theatre trip to see … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on I don’t know whether Mamma told you of Matthew Russell’s visit… He was in one evening to see us, and has developed physically into quite a fine strapping lad. He has quite come out of his shell too. He has made an interesting generalisation from his experience when grooming and feeding horses – that the same horse will not try to bite and also to kick, that is, it will not be aggressive at both ends… Stornoway 24th Jan. 1917

We have just had a visit from Duncan Macaskill, Tarbert. He is the son of the lady from whom we bought your tweed. He is home on leave from Salonika and leaves again on Monday… He was giving us all the news of the boys at the front line. He told us that Donald Mackay had got the gold medal of St. George from the King of Serbia… Stornoway, 21st Jan. 1917

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson, 21 Jan 1917 In this week’s letter to Jean, Mrs Gibson has news of two local engagements, and informs her of the presentation of a St George gold medal by the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on We have just had a visit from Duncan Macaskill, Tarbert. He is the son of the lady from whom we bought your tweed. He is home on leave from Salonika and leaves again on Monday… He was giving us all the news of the boys at the front line. He told us that Donald Mackay had got the gold medal of St. George from the King of Serbia… Stornoway, 21st Jan. 1917

The Literary had a good debate on Wednesday on Women Suffrage – the affirmation won: 39 votes to 23… Stornoway, 19th Jan 1917

Last week’s letter prompted an interesting enquiry in regard to NI teacher Mr AJ Tait who became the headteacher of Portree School in 1924. We are discovering so many interesting connections as a result of this project so please do … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Literary had a good debate on Wednesday on Women Suffrage – the affirmation won: 39 votes to 23… Stornoway, 19th Jan 1917

The chief event of interest here this week has been Miss Fraser’s farewell tea… It was a book tea which meant that each one had to go representing a book… Stornoway 14th January 1917

This week, Stornoway is still experiencing snow showers and Mrs Gibson’s letter explains what was meant by a ‘book tea’.  She uses the word ‘dull’ a couple of times in the letter where we would probably use the word ‘depressed’ … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The chief event of interest here this week has been Miss Fraser’s farewell tea… It was a book tea which meant that each one had to go representing a book… Stornoway 14th January 1917