Aussie family mark ancestor’s 100th at Drum

The family
The family

Three generations of the family of a maid at Drum Castle gathered there on Sunday 9 June to celebrate what would have been their ancestor’s 100th birthday.

Williamina ‘Lildy’ McPhail’s daughter Mrs Jeannie Gannon, her grandson Peter Gannon, and her great-grandson Peter Angus (aged 2 years and 9 months) from Victoria, Australia, all gathered at the historic National Trust for Scotland site in Aberdeenshire on what would have been Lildy’s 100th birthday.

Born in Tough, Lildy worked at Drum Castle as a maid of all works from when she was 15 till when she was 17. A confident and modern young woman, at 17 she took advantage of the £10 ticket to emigrate to Australia. However, she always remembered her years at Drum sharing a bed with her friend Hetty that worked at Drum all her life.

She was fascinated by the library at Drum and could often be found there.

Property Manager Dr Alison Burke said:“This is fascinating information as we are currently looking for hidden voids in the tower as part of the conservation work currently being undertaken, and it is entirely possible that Lildy was right. Only more archaeological research will let us know.”