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dc.creatorCaroline Buck
dc.date2014-06-18
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-15T16:39:18Z
dc.date.available2020-10-15T16:39:18Z
dc.identifierDG35/1/1/1
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12734/52221
dc.descriptionBiographical interview with Ruth McGrath (b. 1922) who was born at 30 Castle Street in Dumfries. Her son, Colin, is also present and participates in the interview at various points. Ruth is the daughter of Dr Peter Murray-Kerr (1915-2010) and this interview is concerned mainly with the family home, family life and her father's life and work. The family lived in the home that had been the home and practice for her grandfather, also Peter Murray Scott. Ruth talks about the layout of the house (which had been designed by architect, William Newall) and recalled that in her childhood there would have been live-in staff, cook, maids etc. and also people who came in on a daily basis to do the laundry or heavy work. A chauffeur lived in the mews at the back of the house and Ruth recalled that her mother and father both had cars. Her father had served at Gallipoli with the King's Own Scottish Borderers, was passionate about the Territorial Army and believed in National Service. In pre-NHS healthcare, Ruth explains that her father and mother would often go through the bills prepared by his secretary and remove any for patients whom they knew couldn't afford to pay. Her father was very keen on inoculations and healthcare innovations. He also believed in cremation on public health grounds and Ruth said he would have been very pleased to see the development of Roucan Loch. Ruth and Colin share several anecdotes about family life, such as the Gold coast parrot that the family had for some time before he was gifted to their governess who took it home to the highlands. Ruth was schooled at home before attending school in Edinburgh from age 12 and, towards the end of the interview, she and Colin reflect on the fact that her experiences reflect the great change in society which has happened over recent decades.
dc.format.extent47m17s
dc.subjectMaterial culture
dc.subjectTravel and transport
dc.subjectMerkland
dc.subjectHousing
dc.subjectTales and anecdotes
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectSocial history
dc.subjectSport
dc.subjectAgriculture
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectOral history
dc.subjectCustom and belief
dc.subjectAudio recordings
dc.subjectChildhood
dc.subjectTransport
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subjectDomestic economy
dc.subjectWar
dc.subjectMovement
dc.subjectFieldwork
dc.subjectRoucan loch
dc.subjectRecreation
dc.subjectArts and crafts
dc.subjectDomestic life
dc.subjectLifecycle
dc.subjectDumfries
dc.subjectEthnology
dc.subjectShops and businesses
dc.subjectWorld war 2
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectBiography
dc.subjectHistory
dc.titleDG35-1 Interviews of Ruth McGrath and Colin McGrath DIP
dc.typeTranscription
dc.typeAudio


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