receiving Len's message we did a little research and found that
there was a reference in the Cairn School log for 30th June 1932
a Miss Brannan retiring after having given over 40 years faithful
service to the school. We checked back to when the school opened in 1890
there is a Miss Mary Brannan in the records.
We also checked the Maybole website and found other references to
Mary Brannan such as the following from the book Maybole, Carrick's
Capital, by the late James Gray.
Cairn School was built in 1890 on the site of an old building known
as "Cairn House" and there has been little external alteration to it
although in the 1930s extra class rooms were added and the old rooms
modernised. Many older people remember with affection Miss Duncan,
Miss Brannan and "Skin" Nisbet the headmaster who all taught for
many years in it...
All the schoolteachers lived in the town in days gone past and Miss
Duncan, Miss Brannan, "Skin" and "Paddy", if they saw their pupils
up to mischief in the evenings were not loth to "belt" them in
school the following morning.
During the first World War, Miss Mary Brannan, a local
school-teacher, organized many concerts to raise money for the war
effort, where she, like a local Florrie Ford, led the audiences in
spirited choruses of old songs and invariably gave her own
inimitable rendering of "The cows are in the clover, they've
trampled there since morn, Go and call them Maggie to the old Red
It seems Miss Mary Brannan
was a well known citizen of the town and active in civil affairs. So
how did her prize china cabinet come to travel across the ocean to
British Columbia? If any of our visitors has an idea please let us
hear from you!