Papa and I were round the Target Hill this afternoon. Broad Bay was that Reckitt’s blue which always surprises one afresh and looked as peaceful as if there were no such things as submarines. We are to have a torpedo destroyer flotilla at Sy. now. I think it is high time too. There are quite a number in harbour today… Stornoway, 17th June. 1917

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson 17 June 1917

In her latest letter, Mrs Gibson fills Jean in on all the people she has visited and entertained this week, including a gentleman who is home on leave, and reports on the new torpedo destroyer flotilla they are to have in Stornoway. 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 Sheann,

We “laffed” at your sketch of your airy poise on the rocks at Cove. It wass goot! Papa is greatly pleased that you are finding the Zoo. so interesting. That is of greater importance than your place in class although we have a fine sense of the importance of that too. Hope the forth coming exams. may be kind.

Dr. Rennie and a Mr. Lang from the Glasgow district (Mr. Young’s understudy) together with Mr. Patrick came last night. They are in the Royal this year. We met Dr. R and Mr. P at church this morning. Dr. R and Mr. Lang are coming in this evening for a talk. Dr. R was giving us good accounts of you. I will be having them all to tea tomorrow or Tuesday. Dr. R was saying that the next graduation would be more of a spectacle than usual as the new chancellor (is it?) the Duke of Richmond and Gordon was to be installed and he would “cap” the graduates. Papa thinks you ought to stay to see it. About going south to Greenock then I of course will need to see if Aunt Dean is willing to have us. We will settle when we hear from her. It would be later a good deal before Papa and I would be free.

I was up seeing Mrs. Morison on Thursday and she was telling me that Maud was asking to be allowed to make a visit to Hilda’s people at Dufftown on her way home. On Friday Mrs. M and I visited Mrs. Cooper and Miss Gammack. Mrs. C is quite charming and talks very well indeed. I enjoyed the visit. The weather has been broken and wet but today looks like the beginning of a fine spell.

We had a visit from Colin Orrock on Friday night. He has been in all the big fighting recently with his guns. He looks brown and well and is just as shy really as ever although he talked a good deal. Miss A. Miller came in with her camera which Papa was borrowing and Colin seized the opportunity to make good his escape.

Tell Maud that the Board appointed a Miss Chessar from Fraserburgh I think. She was the only one with teaching experience. They put Mary M. second on the list I suppose to “placate” her father.

Papa and I were round the Target Hill this afternoon. Broad Bay was that Reckitt’s blue which always surprises one afresh and looked as peaceful as if there were no such things as submarines. We are to have a torpedo destroyer flotilla at Sy. now. I think it is high time too. There are quite a number in harbour today; I wish them good hunting I’m sure. Wouldn’t it be lovely if they brought one in.

Mr. Clark was in after church. I was saying Bessie must have a little holiday before beginning her grind to which he replied that he’d give her one day. I hope he won’t prove so heroic as all that. Mr. C. has not been returned as a member of the General Council (E.I.S.) [Educational Institute for Scotland] this time so his visits to Glasgow will cease. Isn’t it a pity? We are very sorry.

Barry has just been howling (you know how) and I have appeased him with his “aig” [egg?]. So now much love from us all to Sheann.

Your loving Ma.

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L56

Transcribed by Ceitidh Chalmers, Museum Visitor Assistant

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