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red mail Margaret Houston Browning was my maternal grandmother
'granma' (my great granma) raised my father (Duncan McFarlane born 1925) from the age of 3, in her wee cottage (Blairannaich) until he went out to work as a young lad with the forestry, and then conscripted down the mines in Yorkshire during World War II (one of "the Bevin Boys" as they called them for the politician who came up with the scheme). My mother, Catherine Browning, was evacuated to her granma's cottage at the age of 12 (1940), went to the village school, then Alexandria Academy, and then "into service" in 3 of the big houses nearby, including Ross Priory. Granma's husband, Guy Browning, went ahead to Canada to make a new life for himself, his wife and children (in the face of dire poverty and more children if he stayed) but in the meantime she changed her religion. She never followed him and he grew a second family out in Canada. Turned out, both a McFarlane and a Browning of these respective families (the previous generation to my mum and dad), my great granma's generation, went to Canada and made a life there.

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