As well as my interest in postcards sent during World War 1 I have always found the life of Queen Victoria fascinating and also like to collect items or postcards relevant to her life and reign.
I was therefore intrigued to recently find a postcard (as below) sent on 30th January 1901, just eight days after her death on the Isle of Wight, obviously in recognition of her life and a tribute to her.
The postcard had been sent to Miss Edith Drummond HAY at Seggieden from E FORBES in St Leonards on Sea in Sussex:
I therefore decided to see if I could investigate Edith further and discover more about her life and though this discovered an amazing connection to her life during World War 1.
Edith Maud Drummond HAY was born on 28th February 1872 in Kinfauns in Perthshire Scotland the daughter of Henry Maurice Drummond and Charlotte Elizabeth Richardson HAY.
The 1891 census record shows the family living at Seggieden Mansion House in Perthshire and Edith is aged 29 with her occupation shown as Living on her own means – her father Henry is aged 76 and her mother Charlotte is aged 57.
By the 1901 census Edith’s mother Charlotte is a Widow still living with her family at Seggieden Mansion House.
Edith had three sisters Alice, Constance and Lucy and two brothers James and Harry.
Through my research on Ancestry I found a fascinating document showing the family’s connection to Royal blood as below:
Source Information: Ancestry.com. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line] Source Citation : Book Title: The blood royal of Britain : being a roll of the living descendants of Edward IV and Henry VIII
Also as part of my research I googled the name of Edith Drummond HAY and found a newspaper article in the Daily Record newspaper dated 2nd July 2016 with the headline – Perthshire Family discover ‘Aunt Tuck’s’ incredible diaries from World War 1 – the article is so amazing as it reports that Edith was a talented Amateur Artist who left a fascinating pictorial history of her time as a nursing volunteer with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) – http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/perthshire-family-discover-aunt-tucks-8335249
Edith, who never married, lived in Glencarse in Perthshire in Scotland, where she was a pillar of the church, until her death aged 88 in 1960.
Hopefully a member of the HAY family will see this blog post and maybe the postcard can be reunited with them and added to the Edith Drummond HAY family archive.