Am sending on “Gazette”. I have a summary in it of an old book on Stor[nowa]y… Thomas Babington Macaulay got the D.C.M. He seems to have behaved with great bravery, attacked four Germans, killed three & wounded one & carried off their machine guns into lines… Stornoway, 6th May. 1917

Extract from letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson, 6 May 1917

In his letter this week, Mr Gibson tells Jean about the new church service arrangements in Stornoway, and a local man, Thomas Babington Macaulay, has won the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M) for his bravery in the war effort. 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

Jean Dear,

You would have missed my letter.  I am sorry.  I forgot it two nights running, though I remembered it between, so I am writing the Sunday letter instead of Mamma.

I don’t remember any happenings in the early part of the week.  Wednesday was a holiday here.  I did some digging and Mamma some cooking.  Roddy Fraser was with us to tea, and on Thursday he was in at the school saying good-bye.  He went off on Thursday night.

The pupils who had had extra leave for the potato planting got back to school during the week.  Mrs. Menzies and Miss Isabel Mackenzie started their teaching on Monday.  They are each giving half-time; it is a great help.

Mr. Gellon goes away to-night.  He is getting a small charge at Dalwhinnie, on the Aviemore railway line.  Our own church and the parish church, it has been arranged, will have joint services until Mr. Menzies comes back, so Mr. Jenkins will have charge of the two congregations.  The new arrangement begins next Sunday.  We are to go to the parish kirk in the forenoon and to ours in the evening, so with our half-day habits we’ll be in attendance only at the parish church.

The weather is good now but very cold.  On Friday evening we did a little gardening together.  On Saturday chores most of the day, and in the evening a little while in the reading-room to see the pictures.

Mamma asks me to say that the parcel with the coat arrived all right; also that she had had a reply from Mrs. Douglas that they had been thinking of raising their charge to 18./- a week; so you’ll know when you are paying her of the change in the rate.

We were interested to hear of your acquaintance with Prof. and Mrs. Thomson.  When the Prof. was remembering about meeting me at Milport, you probably did not remind him that he had also met you – a little girl with a “very ba-had knee,” tied with a bandage, which had not prevented her from walking bravely round more than half the island.

So the “oval” came off all right.  It is an interesting way of the Professor’s getting to know his students.  I am glad you are liking the class so much; from all I had heard I thought you wd.  And how did the Maths examn get on?  Was it better or worse as a paper than its predecessors?

Miss Littlejohn is coming out this week-end.  We asked to have her earlier so that she cd have the examn before Miss Harper went.  The Sixth girls are cooking dinners for one another as you used to do.  I have heard of no bad effects so far.

Do you want to give away any copies of the School Mag. to your friends?  If so, say how many copies you want me to send on to you.  Am sending on “Gazette”.  I have a summary in it of an old book on Stor[nowa]y.  You will also see about the Deptl Teachers & the Tribunal, and that Thomas Babington Macaulay got the D.C.M.  He seems to have behaved with great bravery, attacked four Germans, killed three & wounded one & carried off their machine guns into lines.  With our best love.

Papa  [Italics written in margin]

P.S.  Send me your bank book, please.  We want to put some more money into it.

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L44

Transcribed by Dawn Macdonald, Archive collections assistant

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