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"The Artist, Helen MacLaren"
Tony Hawken
The Society of Malawi Journal
Vol. 59, No. 2 (2006), pp. 35-39
The Society of Malawi established 1946
The Society of Malawi Journal
The journal can now be accessed via JSTOR at the following link

Hamish Douglas Maclaren, Sub-Lieutenant Royal Navy 1917

Antique still life oil painting entitled Asters and Daisies signed Helen Maclaren 1929

Hamish Maclaren (1901 - 1987)

Owen Finlay Maclaren, MBE (1906 - 1978)

Owen Finlay Maclaren, MBE 1906 - 1978

Owen Finlay Maclaren, MBE (1906 - 1978) with his inventions

Malawi - Nyasaland historical moments
Official First Day Cover -
Former Ships of Lake Malawi ,
Issued 4 January 1967.
From my Late Dad’s collection

In 1966, Helen Bregger (Maclaren) was approached by the Postmaster General, Mr. Ronald Raby, and commissioned to design and paint a set of four stamps.

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depicting the early steamers of Lake Malawi. She accepted the commission and the set was issued on 4th January 1967. The set depict the Ilala l, the Dove, the Guendolen and the Chauncy Maples. The stamps were printed by Harrison & Sons, London. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue mentions that the stamps were designed by Mrs. H Breggar (sic) and that the one shilling and sixpence value is wrongly inscribed as the 'Chauncgy Maples' rather than the 'Chauncy Maples'. The catalogue also lists the three shilling value as depicting the 'Gwendolen', when in fact the name is spelt "Guendolen'. In the 1970 Commonwealth catalogue Helen's name is further changed and shown as Mrs. H. Bressar. Such is the way of the world.
The Artist, Helen MacLaren
Tony Hawken
The Society of Malawi Journal
Vol. 59, No. 2 (2006), pp. 35-39

Maclaren Memorial Stone, Brendon Common
There is a tall grey granite memorial stone located on Brendon Common 500 metres to the east of the B3223 and 500 metres from the Somerset/Devon border on the Devon side (grid reference SS 767 438). The inscription on the stone reads as follows:

In memory of Colonel R.H. Maclaren OBE
MC Commander CW Troops
Royal Engineer who was
killed on duty on this spot
May 20th 1941
This stone was erected
by his brother officers

See more at

Grave stone of
Colonel Robert Hillhouse Maclaren
BIRTH unknown
DEATH 20 May 1941
BURIAL Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
PLOT Sec. E. (Officers). Grave 57.
MEMORIAL ID 47245816 · View Source

Henry Mclachlan (1827 - 1890)

Margaret McLachlan, Dame Luarentia Maclachlan, Abbess of Stanbrook Abbey

Margaret Mclachlan, later Abbess Dame Laurentia (1866 - 1953)

Henry Mclachlan (1827 - 1890)

Bertram Henry Garnett enlistment papers 1916 (A)

Bertram Henry Garnett enlistment papers 1916 (B)

Granny Mac, age 95, 1988ish

Granny Mac & Maclaren grandchildren 1954ish
Hamish, Norman, Annie, David, Robert, Hugh, Granny Mac

Granny Mac & Maclaren grandchildren 1953-4ish
Simon, Rory, Hamish, Norman, Annie, David, Robert, Hugh, Granny Mac

Granny Mac's children, 1925ish.
Patsy, Ian, David, Peter Maclaren


Annette Maclaren at Glenearn, Perthshire, 18 October 1992.

Annette Maclaren at Glenearn, Perthshire, 18 October 1992.

Annette Birtwistle to her fiancé Ian Maclaren. 1947. Written on the back of the photograph.
To my dearest darling Ian
with every bit of my love
from your future wife

Annette Birtwistle, officer in WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) 1939-1945


Samuel and Margaret Ferguson. From Arlene McKellar who says:

Samuel Ferguson
B. 1860 Dreghorn
D. 3 Oct 1939
Ashcraig, South Lodge

Margaret Ferguson M.S HART
B. 1864 Dreghorn
D. 9th February 1946
Ashcraig, South Lodge

Samuel and Margaret married in 1884 in Dreghorn, they had
11 children in 23 years 1884-Jemima (Arlene’s Grandmother) 1907

Samuel and Margaret lived at various residences before
Settling at Ashcraig along with 3 of their children between
1916 and 1920 (not on 1915 valuation roll but Samuel named on 1920)

Children that lived at Ashcraig South Lodge
David Ferguson B.1901
Samuel Ferguson B.1904
Jemima Hart Ferguson B.1907

1921 CENSUS -Ashcraig Cottage
Samuel Ferguson Head 62
Margaret Ferguson wife 59
David Ferguson son 19
Samuel Ferguson son 16

Jemima 13 was not at home on the night of the census, but found
Visiting her sister

Jemima married in 1934, settled in Largs and had three children

This is my Grandmother Jemima with her father in law and my dad :-)
From Arlene McKellar
Jemima Hart Ferguson with husband, John Crow McKellar, and his father James McKellar 1860–1937, and small child James.

David Baxter with Simon and Sue Maclaren at North Lodge, Ashcraig, Shkelmorlie, Ayrshire about 1961

Verna L Day
BIRTH 19 Jul 1906
DEATH 18 Jan 1976 (aged 69)
BURIAL Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
PLOT Garden of Faith
MEMORIAL ID 154165142 ·


Richard Maclaren. Prince Fisal son of King of Hedjaz, & TE Lawrence (of Arabia)
Photograph given by his daughter Peggy (Margaret Christiana "Peggy" Maclaren)
Monday 16 December 1918

The Marriage of Mr. Andrew Little McLaren, third son of the late John (Robert) Maclaren of Skelmerlig (Skelmorlie?), Dunbartonshir, and Miss Eva 's friend, third daughter of the late Mr Owen Friend of Bendamine station, took place on the 24 inst. in the St. Mark's Church, Darling Point.

The church was tastefully decorated with palms and arum lilies. The Reverend Willoughby Flower officiated.

The bride, who was given away by her brother Mr. O. E. Friend, wore a Brussels lace, over white satin.. The court train was also of the lace embroidered in chiffon roses. Her veil was fastened over a small orange blossom wreath, and she wore a diamond pendant, the bridegroom 's gift. The bridesmaids were Misses Stella and Gwyn Friend, and Stella Terry, and the train-bearers Miss Weeta Donaldson and Jean Graham Their dresses were of string coloured point d’esprit over a white glace and were worn with pale green sashes and black picture hats. The three former carried floral muffs of cream and coffee coloured roses, and the little girls crooks, which, with enamel and pearl brooches, were presented to them by the bridegroom.

Lieutenant Robbins R.N. acted as best man, and Viscounte de Garets and Dr. Ferguson R.N., as groomsmen.

After the ceremony, a reception was held by the bride’s mother. at Brentwood.

Daily Telegraph, 27 September 1902
Janine Clay originally shared this on18 Sep 2019

Wright & Greig

Wright & Greig, Wholesale Wine and Whisky Merchants, Cadogan Buildings, Cadogan Street.—

In reviewing the various branches of trade for which the commercial capital of the North is noted, prominent mention is justly due to the wine and spirit business, in connection with which there is no more representative or influential firm in the city than Messrs. Wright & Greig, formerly of 90, West Campbell Street. This business, which, by common consent, is one of the best of its class in the city, was founded a quarter of a century ago in Buchanan Street, from which the firm removed in 1876 to their late premises. So great, however, and so rapid has been the increase in the firm’s trade that they were obliged to choose one of two alternatives — either to enlarge their former premises or take more extensive and commodious ones, and this year they removed to their present headquarters as above.

These premises are of spacious extent, admirably fitted, and completely equipped for the carrying on of a business of the first importance. They have chosen the latter course, and quite recently have erected a pile of buildings, at the comer of Wellington and Cadogan Streets, which rank among the finest and most imposing in central Glasgow. The buildings consist of offices, cellarage, and warehouses. The basement floor is devoted to cellarage, particularly for the binning of wine, and covers an area of 5,300 square feet ; the street floor consists of offices and warehouse, with an area of 3,800 square feet, while on the entresol floor is a warehouse covering a space of 3,600 square feet. The total area of the building thus occupied by Messrs. Wright & Greig for their own business amounts to 12,700 square feet. The remainder of the block will be let as first-class offices.
 Helen Maclaren map of Nyasaland drawn in the 1945
Helen Maclaren map of Nyasaland drawn in the 1945
Helen Maclaren map of Nyasaland drawn in the 1945 for the Governor, who never paid for it.
Malawi - Nyasaland historical moments

Her gift for creating decorative slaps came to the notice of the Governor of Nyasaland, Sir Edmund Richards, who asked her to create a second map; this time encompassing the whole of Nyasaland. She rose to this considerable challenge and, over a period of eleven months, whilst standing at a large table, completed what remains to this day probably the most charming and coveted of maps of the Land of the Lake. As reference sources for the many vignettes she created to decorate the map. Helen used Sir Harry Johnston's British Central Africa for the animals and a book by a Dr. Fitzmaurice for the insects. For her pictures of birds she would almost certainly have consulted Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa.

Helen Bregger worked with the unwavering belief that she had been commissioned by the Governor of Nyasaland and that she would be compensated, through the purchase of her artwork, by the Nyasaland Government. To her understandable horror and disbelief, in the event such proved not to be the case.

At this time her husband, Walter Bregger, was employed by the Conforzi Tea and tobacco Company of Cholo (Thyolo). Mr. Ignacio (Puccie) Conforzi, recognising the artistic worth of Helen's cartographic endeavour, came to an arrangement with her whereby he paid her a fee and sent her map to a publisher in London where it was converted into colour separations for publication. In return for the fee and the copyright, Helen received an agreed number of the printed maps for her own use.
Abbess Margaret Mclachlan.jpg
Abbess Margaret Mclachlan.jpg
Annie Astley Bell (Annie Mary Hartley).jpg
Annie Astley Bell (Annie Mary Hartley).jpg
Annie Mary Hartley aka  Annie Astley Bell and Granny B (Birtwistle).jpg
Annie Mary Hartley aka Annie Astley Bell and Granny B (Birtwistle).jpg
Archie and Mary McKaig. rites held.
Archie and Mary McKaig. rites held.
Globe-Gazette (Mason City Iowa) 25 Apr 1960 Page 18
Apr 1960
Mason City, Iowa, USA
August Ladendorff 1848 - 1924 .jpg
August Ladendorff 1848 - 1924 .jpg
Berta Mary Lowry-Corry 1867 - 1954
Berta Mary Lowry-Corry 1867 - 1954
Catherine Ann 'Kay' McKaig Kurtyak. From
Catherine Ann "Kay" McKaig Kurtyak. From
Col Bob Maclaren 1860-1936
Col Bob Maclaren 1860-1936
Edward Marwood 1826 - 1883
Edward Marwood 1826 - 1883
Edward Marwood
DEATH 19 Feb 1883
BURIAL Pleasington Priory, Pleasington, Blackburn with Darwen Unitary Authority, Lancashire, England
MEMORIAL ID 196619608 ·
Aged 57 Years

Grave stone also says his wife Mary died 25 July 1884 age 49 years
Edward Marwood 1853 - 1914
Annie Walker Marwood 1852 - 1906
Edward Marwood 1853 - 1914 Annie Walker Marwood 1852 - 1906
Edward Marwood
BIRTH unknown
DEATH 10 May 1914
BURIAL St Austin's Churchyard, Grassendale, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
MEMORIAL ID 225337988 ·

Of your charity pray for the soul of
Annie Marwood
The dearly loved wife of Edward Marwood
Who died 26th October 1906
May she rest in peace.

Also of your charity pray for the soul of
Edward Marwood
Who died 10th May 1914
May he rest in peace
Elfriede Sophie (Beckmann) Meissner and family in Iowa
Elfriede Sophie (Beckmann) Meissner and family in Iowa
"German Connection: Beckmanns and Brockmans"
Elizabeth Betty Powell 1926-1991
Elizabeth Betty Powell 1926-1991
Elizabeth Powell McKaig 1926-1991 & Sophie
Elizabeth Powell McKaig 1926-1991 & Sophie
Elizabeth Powell McKaig 2.jpg
Elizabeth Powell McKaig 2.jpg
Elizabeth Powell McKaig 41.jpg
Elizabeth Powell McKaig 41.jpg

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