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 King of Serbia to a Lewis man involved in the War. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk

Dear She-ann,

Papa went down to the post-office this morning but your letter was not among those he got.  I was very much disappointed thinking we would not get one til Tuesday.  But as we were sitting down to breakfast Johnnie Fraser came to the back-door with it and said Jacko had not noticed it til Papa was gone.  We were very glad as you may imagine.  The collar and “Flappy Thing” are lovely.  Thank you so much.  I hope your frock will be nice.  Be sure you give me a particular account of it when you get it.  I hope too the Latin class party will be good.  We were very sorry to hear that Maud had not been well.  Tell her from me that she must be specially careful when coming out into the cold after being heated at work.  Glad she is now feeling better.

Miss Fraser’s successor is not to be here till March.  She is a Miss Gammack from Shettleston.  The latest school news is that Miss Annie Miller is engaged to Mr. Harriman.  They say she is 10 years older than he is which seems a pity, too much of a difference.  Miss Eva Macleod is also engaged to the man who is in charge of Sick Bay at the Battery. I don’t know his name or anything about him.

Papa and I were at Mr. Ewen’s to tea on Friday night.  They were very kind and we had quite a nice evening.

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 to go straight back.  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.  We are expecting Alec. Macaulay, Breasclete in tonight on his way back from leave.

You spoke just in time about your boots.  Seeing you had not replied when I offered to send them I naturally concluded you did not want them and meant to give them to Lil Lizzie, the milk maid.  However, I have them still.  I washed and ironed your blouse yesterday so it is all ready to be sent off.

I have not seen Mrs. Morison this year yet.  I always mean to go up but do not find the time.  I was at the sewing meeting on Wednesday but she never comes there now.  Barrie & ‘Lil’ Lissie are rolled up in two tight rolls at my feet on the study rug and Papa is sleeping in his big chair so no more at present.

From your loving Mother Did you get your down quilt?  Did you get your bank book?  Why She-anly(?) do not you say?

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L23

Transcribed by Dawn Macdonald, Archive collections assistant

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