Sunday, 25 May 2014


A sad and brief story today. The 25th May 1865 was the birth day of my maternal Great-Great-Aunt Isabella. She was the 7th child and 6th daughter of William Cunningham Bontine and Janet (nee SMITH) HAMILTON and the older sister of my Great-Grandmother Annie Wilson HAMILTON.

Like six of her siblings, poor Isabella did not survive childhood. She died at just 8 months on 2nd February 1866. Her death certificate provides the heartbreaking information that she had suffered scarlet fever for 16 days, the final 10 days enduring convulsions. 

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