Document 398

Biggam Collection Letter: 05

Author(s): May Trotter

Copyright holder(s): Mr William Biggam


Glasgow, 1984

Dear Joan,

Just wondering how you are getting along. The days fly past so quickly and here we are on the verge of another Christmas. It will be rather a sad season for you.

Alice had not been so well and I had to get the doctor who after many blood tests decided it was low-blood pressure. A very miserable condition and she had to rest for a few weeks. She is much improved now. The tablets prescribed seem to be helping. This year 1984 has not been to kind to us with one thing and another. Many friends have died and such a lot of depressing news going about. This coal strike has been dreadful. Where is it all going to end.

We see Rita Gardner at the Whist Club. She was telling us her brother has taken a stroke and had to be moved to hospital. She has looked after her 2 brothers for years now. I think you knew this brother George. His family would have nothing to do with him so Rita took him in.

Jessie Ross is not long back from America where she was at her grand-son's wedding. She had a marvellous holiday. Alas! Alice and I are out of it? No children or grand-children to carry on our name? I enjoy hearing all about your kinsmen, it refreshes my memory. You did not mention your brother Jimmy. How is he getting on, many a laugh he gave us. I do hope we manage to see one another soon. Tell Chrissie we were asking for her and that you are both well.

With every good wish to you both in 1985 and always.

From May & Alice

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Biggam Collection Letter: 05


Text audience

Adults (18+)
Audience size 1
Writer knew intended audience

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1984
Word count 288
General description Letter to Joan Taylor

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Author details

Author id 701
Forenames May
Surname Trotter
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1910
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Place of birth Glasgow
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes