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How interesting Geoff, thank you very much for that information. How lovely it would be to have it confirmed that the portrait is Caroline! I haven't read the book yet, funnily enough I have it in my Amazon 'basket' to buy, I dont have kindle so will get the £10 BL version. How funny that an ancestor of mine from the middle of nowhere in a Scottish Island should end up ladys maid for someone like Caroline! The family story is that Margaret 'took Carolines fancy'......
1881 Scottish Census. Caroline's household included:
Estimated birth year: about 1834
Where born: Mull, Draylesline
Registration No. 135
Registration district: Elgin
Civil parish: Elgin
Address: The Ruoll
Occupation: Ladies maid domestic servant
I don't have much on Caroline but this might be new to you................
O’Rorke, Life and Friendships of Catherine Marsh, p. 23
It was probably in the early spring of 1836 that a friendship, which was ever a source of deep interest, help and pleasure, began for Catherine Marsh. Mr. and Mrs. Fuller Maitland, of Park Place, Henley on Thames, were among the friends Mr. Marsh made when he was living in Reading; and he now accepted an invitation to visit them, taking Matilda and Katie with him. Caroline, the youngest but one of the large family of sons and daughters, was a little younger than Katie, and from the first meeting the two girls were mutually attracted. A correspondence between them, beginning at that time, was continued as long as they lived. They soon confided to each other their thoughts and feelings with a candour as interesting as it is rare. Some twenty years later Caroline wrote to Katie " Yesterday I turned out and sorted all the old letters out of my red trunk, chiefly yours. The old-fashioned square sheets crossed all over ; all our old jokes and old troubles that we have forgotten now. They are great treasures to me."
You probably know about this but there is a wonderful book by Caroline called How We Went to Rome in 1857. It's available from the British Library for about ten pounds as quite a nice facsimile but if you have a Kindle or equivelent I will be publishing it on Amazon with an introduction shortly. Her maid at this time was called Jane. I can't recommend some of the other rather expensive and often poor quality reproductions! I am planning to put this picture on the cover, by kind permission of the copyright holders, but I would love to know if it really is Caroline!
I am interested to see this. My Great Great Aunt was ladys maid to Caroline Fuller-Maitland and they lived in Elgin in Scotland. I have a copy of Caroline's will in which she leaves items to my ancestor, who she refers to simply as 'Campbell'! I would love to know more about Caroline, as my ancestor was with her for many years and I long to know more about her too.
Thank you for these amazing Fuller-Maitland pictures. I have a particular interest in Esther (1803-1882) and sister Caroline (1820-1897). I'd be grateful for a picture of these two, I believe there was a portrait of Caroline. Happy to share any information I have. Geoff Henderson.
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