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Three Grand Old Ladies
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Three Grand Old Ladies

Shown here outside the Parish Church in Queen Street are (L to R) Miss Jessie Stewart, Mrs Tibbie Jones and Mrs Chrissie Fraser. The occasion may have been the wedding of Anne Holmes (Baxter). Mrs Fraser was the the mother of John Fraser (of garage and drama fame), mother-in-law of Joyce Fraser. Mrs Jones was John Fraser's sister. Jessie Stewart lived in Scotsburn Road.
Picture added on 14 February 2006
Tibbie's real name was Murdina, my Grandmother Chrissie Fraser's sister-in-law and aunt to John (my father), not his sister. She lived in Southgate on Hartfield Road.
Added by John Fraser on 01 May 2015
Miss Jessie Stewart was a charismatic and idiosyncratic individual -- a real character. As a primary teacher in Hill of Fearn Primary School, to which she travelled by bus each morning, she was brilliant. She'd started as a "pupil teacher", so never went to university or teacher-training college. And she didn't have any children of her own. That meant she had no idea how stupid 9 and 10 year olds are supposed to be. So she taught her pet subjects of Bible, Scottish history and Scottish literature to university level. And we, because we were only in Primary 3 and Primary 4 and had never been to university either and didn't know how stupid we were supposed to be, learned to university -- and in some instances post-grad -- level, as we discovered many years later. Then the education authorities dispensed with her services, because she had no formal qualifications! The enthusiasm with which she shared knowledge on her pet subjects was infectious. A truly-gifted teacher.
Added by John MacLeod on 05 May 2015
I am pretty sure Miss Stewart was also our Sunday School teacher. She was an inspiration.
Added by Dugald Mackenzie on 18 June 2015
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