Many Marys

Sheila gave us the breakdown: Mary Craig married Alex Caskie; they had a daughter Mary Caskie, who married John Francis Adam Bland; their eldest son was Frank, who married Annie Watson Bain; their second daughter was Mary Frances, who married PG Swanepoel; their eldest daughter was Barbara Mary, who married Jeff Tarr; their eldest daughterContinue reading “Many Marys”

Bain of Harrismith

My granny Annie had an older brother Ginger. He was the oldest of the seven ‘Royal Bains’ and a great sportsman. They owned the Royal Hotel and were not to be confused with the ‘Central Bains’, who owned the Central Hotel! Playing rugby for Hilton, ‘Bain of Harrismith’ became the ‘Bane of Michaelhouse’ in theContinue reading “Bain of Harrismith”

The Bain Family’s Scottish Roots

Katrina (nee Miller) Duncan, from near Oban in Scotland, stumbled across my other blog here and made contact with us. She sounds delightful, but so she would – she’s family! She has been researching the Bain family tree and she and my sister Sheila have worked out that we share a Great-Great-Great Grandfather, one DonaldContinue reading “The Bain Family’s Scottish Roots”

Annie Watson Bain – Annie Bland

By the time we knew her she was Annie Bland. Never ‘granny’. Only Annie. She was our dear Mom’s dear Mom. In fact ‘Annie Watson Bain’ to me was the lady who died in World War 1 and whose name was on one of the monuments outside the Town Hall. She was a cousin ofContinue reading “Annie Watson Bain – Annie Bland”