As you all may remember the other week I posted about a charming little poetry journal that I bought which had some wonderful little drawing inside as well.
The owner of the journal was a Lilian Maxwell, as she rather artistically wrote her name in the front. She also must of invited others to draw sketches in there because these people put their names in and dates of their sketches.....
There was also a Ruth Maxwell who drew a rather impressive picture of a fairy like creature carrying a tulip aloft and I thought that this was either her mother or a sibling.... It turns out it was her sister and she was a very clever lady, she actually went to University ( which back in the early 1900's was something!
On the night of the 1901 Census in the household of 153 Wormit Road in Forgan in Fife, Scotland there is:
Kate E Maxwell wife age 44
David K Maxwell son age 5
Eric Maxwell son age 9
Lilian Maxwell daughter age 6
Ruth Maxwell daughter age 13
Georgina G Ross general servant age 18
There is no mention of Lilian's father who was not there that night, but he was still alive as Kate Maxwell is wife on the census not widow....
This all makes sense with the little drawing in the book of St Andrews and a poem as well that was drawn and written in there by a E R Burnett 1909. The poem was by Andrew Lang... It is a stunning page in this little book.
I then went back to the 1891 Census and found this family ( Lilian was not born yet but her sister Ruth was 4 at this time.)
Her father was called David Chalmers Maxwell and he married her mother Kate Ellen Maxwell (nee Holmes in Hull in 1886!
I am now looking for Lilian's Birth and on the census the place of Birth states England not Scotland so I have some more digging to do. I believe by the time Lilian was born they had left Hull and Sulcoates where Ruth was registered born. The 1901 Census says she was born in 1895 but it does appear that she was so digging about was the order of the day and she was infact born a year earlier!. I now know her mother and fathers names so when I get the right birth I will know it...... ( will keep you updated on this)
In the meantime there is this that I have found via Genes Re-United and put out a message to see if anyone had access to more than I did and could they help and a lovely lady came up trumps! (Being that their young life seems to have been lived in Scotland from 1901 at least)
Children's Bazaar.—A children's bazaar organised by four schoolgirls, Elaine Hopkins, Nellie Lawson, Rachaei Scroggie. and Lilian Maxwell, was held at Highfield, Wormit, the other afternoon. There were two stalls, one devoted to sweets and confections, and the other to general goods, mostly the work of the girls and their friends while afternoon tea was served to the visitors. The enterprise was entirely successful with the sum of about £4 being collected, which was forwarded to Comerton Home.
01 June 1905 - Dundee Evening Telegraph - Dundee, Angus, Scotland
ST ANDREWS UNIVERSITY GRADUATION.
Norman Bell Anderson, Dundee, with second-class honours in Philosophy. Ruth Maxwell. Wormit, with second-class honours in Mental Philosophy. Jessie Braid, Kirkcaldy, with honours in English. _ Alexander Hynd
15 October 1908 - Dundee Courier - Dundee, Angus, Scotland
This little poetry/sketch journal is starting to gather provenience and I am so happy that I found it. I really hope I can just get Lilian's Birth certificate... Then I will be one happy custodian of this rare little book!
Well I hope you have enjoyed this little update and now I am away to my Stitching room and have lots of hand stitchery to get on with....
Have a wonderful day yourself and Happy Stitching!