Bertha Irwin née Scott

Roberta Andrew ‘BerthaScottAge: 90 years19011991

Roberta Andrew ‘BerthaScott
Given names
Roberta Andrew
Birth 9 July 1901 35 36
Baptism 10 October 1901 (Age 3 months)

Note: Baptised by Rev. James Clark, Minister of Milton of Balgonie
Death of a brotherStewart Mercer Scott
6 February 1906 (Age 4 years)
Death of a brotherWilliam Scott
28 July 1917 (Age 16 years)
Cause: Killed in action. WWI
Mother's help
1922 (Age 20 years)

Birth of a daughter
Isabella Mercer ‘Lyla’ Irwin
6 October 1924 (Age 23 years)
Death of a motherIsabella Burgess Mercer
18 April 1925 (Age 23 years)
Death of a brotherJohn Scott
February 1940 (Age 38 years)
Death of a fatherJohn Scott
14 March 1950 (Age 48 years)

Ship Passenger
1954 (Age 52 years)

Note: Bertha went three times to visit her daughter, Isabella Mercer "Lyla" Malcolm née Irwin in…
Residence 1959 (Age 57 years)
Residence 1969 (Age 67 years)
Death of a husbandJames ‘Jim’ Irwin
25 July 1971 (Age 70 years)
Residence 1971 (Age 69 years)
Residence 1990 (Age 88 years)
Death 14 September 1991 (Age 90 years)
Cause of death: Cerebro vascular disease.
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Marriage: 8 April 1887Haughmill, Markinch, Fife, Scotland
9 months
elder brother
20 months
elder brother
William Scott
Birth: 19 August 1888 22 24Balcurvie, Markinch, Fife, Scotland
Death: 28 July 1917Belgium
18 months
elder sister
2 years
elder sister
Helen Scott
Birth: 20 February 1892 26 27Windygates, Markinch, Fife, Scotland
Death: 7 March 1893Windygates, Markinch, Fife, Scotland
16 months
elder brother
Stewart Mercer Scott
Birth: 28 June 1893 27 28Haughmill, Markinch, Fife, Scotland
Death: 6 February 1906Windygates, Fife, Scotland
4 years
elder sister
6 years
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Baptised by Rev. James Clark, Minister of Milton of Balgonie
Bertha went three times to visit her daughter, Isabella Mercer "Lyla" Malcolm née Irwin in South Africa. On the first occasion, she hadn't worked all her married life but she took a cleaning job to save money for the fare. Among her customers was popular Scottish entertainer, Jimmy Logan. During one of her trips she had to share a cabin with three other women. She complained later that she was disgusted by their behaviour. The hotter the weather became as they sailed south, the more randy the women grew and the more they chased men on the ship!
Bertha was a great character. As a young woman she played football for ladies soccer team, the "Windygates Bluebells." She also rode a bicycle to the alarm of the locals when delivering her mail while Postmistress in Windygates, Fife.
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Note: Bertha (right) with Jessie Hodgson, mother-in-law of daughter Letty, Glasgow, early/mid 1950s
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Note: With grandson, Alan Glass on their way to feed the ducks in the park. Glasgow c.1955
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Note: With granddaughter Isobel Anne Glass at 72 Langlands Terrace, Dumbarton - 1956
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Note: 90th Birthday with daughter Letty, Glasgow, 09/07/1991
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Note: This is a recording made at home on an early cassette tape recorder in the 1960s. The voices are those of Bertha and her husband, Jim.