In Memory of Gay Ferguson
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My brother's wife, Gay, was born and brought up and married in Maybole. Her father, Captain Ferguson was, I believe, a 'well kent face' in the town. Gay's mother was a volunteer worker at Culzean Castle and other members of her family have been caretakers of the Maybole castle in recent history.

Gay visited Maybole in October of last year with her husband, Clark, daughter Nina and her husband Chris along with my self - Gordon Thom - and my wife Nina. We called in at the Information Office and had a group photograph taken (see below) before enjoying a conducted tour of the castle, ably conducted by Helen McAdam, a member of the Historical Society. During the visit Gay discovered that she had been to school with Helen. The visit was enjoyed by all and brought back fond memories to all.

Educated at Carrick Academy, Gay was a talented musician and teacher and taught in the primary school and as a music teacher in Waterford International School in Swaziland. A much accomplished concert pianist, who not only took part in many concerts in her home town of Mbabane, but also organised concerts where she was instrumental in arranging visits from international performers of classical music.

Sadly, Gay died on the 26 March 2005 after a long illness. She made the trip home in the full knowledge of her illness as she wished to revisit her birthplace and refresh the happy memories of her childhood and early adult life.

Gay was a wonderful, caring human being and this short tribute cannot do justice to her life but we would be grateful if you could find space for it on the Maybole web site. Gordon Thom

Article which appeared the the February 2005 issue of the Maybole Community News: Six members of the Thom family were in Maybole visiting friends in the town and were keen to visit Maybole Castle. Gay (nee Ferguson) was born and brought up in Maybole and now lives with her husband Clark in Swaziland, Africa. Gay says she still has relatives living in Maybole and that she is a second cousin to the former factor of Culzean Estate. The family were disappointed that Maybole Castle was closed for the winter but arrangements were soon made and Helen McAdam from the Historical Society agreed to show the family round the castle. The picture shows the members of the Thom family. Back Row from left: Clark Thom, Gordon Thom, Chris Rey. Front Row from left: Nina Thom, Gay Thom, Nina Rey.

Gay is also in these Carrick Academy photos from 1961 Carrick Academy Prefects 1961 and Senior Hockey XI