About this memory
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 
Donor number: 0207-009