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Three Ladies Relaxing In The Walled Garden At South Bantaskine c.1900


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Bessie, Mary, and Helen Wilson.

"In 1940 the Wilsons [Family] died out. The house was sold to the coal board and later demolished. Mary Wilson was a well-known artist specialising in pastels and gardens.

"Almost all these photographs [see others in this collection] are in the album given by John Wilson to each daughter on her marriage. South Bantaskine was originally a mining estate, but careful management by John Wilson turned it into a beautiful wooded estate.

"The new house was built in 1862, but on the death of Mary Wilson, the last sister to live there, [it] was sold to the Coal Board. The walled garden was very fine and features in 'Scottish Gardens' about 1910." - Victoria Irvine [2002]

Donor number: 0207-009

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