Jill Bernhardi’s grandmother, Christina Pirie, was born at Tweeddale Farm in the parish of Keithall & Kinkell in 1871.
In her latest book, ‘The Villae Awakes’, Jill writes about Tennie (as Christina was always known in the family) and how she was taken away from her rural environment to live with an aunt and uncle in Liverpool.
Jill also writes about her grandmother’s uncle, James Pirie, who was born at Hillhouse of Leggat Farm in the same parish in 1838.
“I had for some time wondered how James, an Aberdeenshire farmer’s son, came to be Mayor of the spa town of Scarborough in Yorkshire,” explained Jill.
“So I decided to research is quite illustrious life.”
‘The Village Awakes’ is a charming little book and tells of villages in which Jill has lived in England, in Scotland, Dumbartonshire (now Argyle & Bute), Spain and Australia.
Not only are there biographies of some remarkable village people, but some cameos of a way of life which may be in danger of disappearing.
It is delightefully illustrated by designer/illustrator Anna Staniska.
The book has been sponsored so that all sales go directly to benefit village good causes.
To obtain a copy, please send a cheque for £8.50 (add £1.50 for p&P) made out to Jill Bernhardi and sent to her at 4 Croft Gardens (Dept INV), Old Dalby, Leicestershire, LE14 3LE.