Love blossomed amid coincidence on God’s isle

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By Mark Davey

Sisters-in-law Susan and Mary Allan’s fates have been intertwined since separate 1960s visits to the Isle of Gigha.

The pair told a startling story of synchronicity and how God’s isle became their destiny.

Mary, said: ‘We share birthdays – two years apart, Susan’s is July 3 1943 and mine is the same day in 1941.’

Mary, originally from Greenock, whose maiden name, was Welsh, said she came to Gigha for a holiday with five friends in 1963.

Susan, who is Welsh, hails from Dowlas in the south Wales valleys. She came to work at Achamore gardens in 1966.

On Mary’s first visit she met George, who farmed with his brother Malcolm Allan at South Drumachro.

Susan, who owned a record player, later met Malcom who had some records but no deck and they spent time listening together.

Mary continued: ‘We both married the brothers and a few years later had babies on the same day, May 8 1970.

‘My third child Rona was born the same day as Susan’s first Eddie at Craigard maternity hospital Campbeltown.’

Last Saturday the pair ran stalls side by side at Gigha’s Christmas market.

Mary sold homemade Christmas cakes described as very rich with unique decoration, while Susan, who makes marmalade and jams for Gigha hotel, sold her preserves.

For more Isle of Gigha news see pages eight, 12, 13 and 19.

Susan and Mary Allan running their stalls in Gigha’s village hall. 25_c51gighamarket04