Hi Grace and Edwyn,
I've been following Edwyn's progress ever since I discovered that he and I are both descended from John Bannerman and Lucy Murray.
I was interested to read that Edwyn has a picture of Mary Bannerman in Helmsdale. I remember decades ago my parents went searching for a picture supposedly in a hotel [?] in Helmsdale that they believed was of Margaret [Peggy] Bannerman, Mary's sister.
Would it be at all possible for someone to take a photograph of the picture as I'd love to see if there is any family resemblance. Their brother Thomas has descendants in Canada and one of the women could be my sister!
You must be a marvellous woman to have helped Edwyn to live again.
Regards
Shane

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Comment by Administrator on September 23, 2009 at 23:10
Hello Shane
How fascinating. The portrait we have, which we have always believed to be of Mary Bannerman, was painted (we were told by Edwyn's great aunt Jessie) of her Granny, Mary, by an amateur artist who was visiting with the Egertons, a branch of the Duke of Sutherland's family who lived in a lodge at Navidale. This lodge house subsequently became the Navidale Hotel. Mary's daughter was also Lucy, a great character whose great grandaughters Lucy and Anne Fraser are close friends of ours today. How do John B and Lucy M fit into the jigsaw and how did you figure this all out?
I must admit I'm more into all this than Edwyn...
Grace

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