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Christmas appeal to track down family

Elizabeths mother Rita is pictured seated in the front row, second from left, but where was the photograph taken?

Elizabeths mother Rita is pictured seated in the front row, second from left, but where was the photograph taken?

A heartfelt festive plea has been made to our readers by a Buckinghamshire woman trying to trace her mother’s relatives.

Mrs Elizabeth Baister is researching the life of her mother, Margaret Morrison Potter (Rita). Elizabeth never knew her mother as she was only 18 months old when Rita died.

Rita was born on December 12, 1913 at 46 Castle Street, then numbered 40A.

She lived there until she married at the West Church (now St Margaret’s) in 1939 after which she moved to Wishaw as her husband’s family came from Lanarkshire. Rita attended Forfar Academy (Junior School 1919 - 26, Senior School 1926 - 32).

Following this, Rita went to St Andrews University where she graduated MA (Hons) Medieval and Modern History (1932-36). Her interests socially were Forfar Operatic Society, church life, music and tennis.

Rita’s mother, Lizzie Morrison, and Lizzie’s sister Maggie owned a successful dressmaking business at this address.

Her father, David Potter, farmed at Fordmouth near Aberlemno.

Rita’s home was also home to Mary Duke Easton, a cousin whose entire career was as a maths teacher at Forfar Academy. Elizabeth spent New Year and summer holidays in Forfar with Mary, until Mary’s death in 1954.

Whilst Elizabeth knows the background of her mother’s life in Forfar, she has discovered a photograph which shows her mother seated in the front row, second from left. Elizabeth would love to know more about the other people present, or where the picture was taken. It was dated 1937, which was the year Rita finished at Dundee training college, before she began teaching at Oathlaw school.

If you have information about Rita or any of her family members mentioned, Elizabeth would appreciate you contacting her at liz.baister@hotmail.co.uk

 

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