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Picture added on 12 February 2009
Janet (jessie Donald) was my Great Grandads second wife, as his first wife died after child birth.
Added by Jennifer Rowley on 23 March 2010
Whur granny (Ga Ga) was a herring girl here in Stronsay. She used tae say about the happy times they had. It was hard work but then everyone worked hard in those days. She used to say about the fun they had and how the Coopers "turmented" them but all in good fun.
Once she recalled a daft lassie who wanted tae die. Oh says ane o the coopers "aal kill thee" so hee haggeled in her throat wae the back o his knife "naa naa she says thats sore" he says hid will be a damn sight sorer when I use the ither side o the knife!!.
Added by John Budge on 01 February 2011
For the record, the lady on the left is my great grandmother Janet Cormack Slater born June 7th 1885 on Sanday. She married Donald Hume Chalmers (master shoemaker) Storehouse Stronsay on 30th June 1910.There may be some confusion, as my great grandfather was a bachelor when he married not a widower.
Added by James Taylor on 28 November 2011
Further to the above comment by my cousin's son James Taylor, I can confirm that Janet [Jessie] Chalmers was my Grandmother. She had three children, Margaret, James and Isabella [my mother]. My cousin and I were the only two grandchildren.

Added by Paticia Hay [ nee ] Richardson on 29 September 2014
Thank you Pat. Mum and I have recently been trying to trace you and I am delighted to see your comment. It would be great to catch up! Here is my email address as means of contact. Hope to hear from you, it's been too long. Jim jftsahb1@yahoo.co.uk
Added by James Taylor on 04 October 2014
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