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