Down memory lane, January 25 2019

Land girls including Anne Maley practice milking a model cow.

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A Glaswegian who retired to Carradale three years ago has been researching the wartime life of a land girl.

Stephen Laing, assisted by his cousin, Glasgow academic and author Willy Maley, has found details and photographs of his aunt Anne Maley (née Watt), working in the Women’s Land Army at Glenbarr during the Second World War. Anne passed away in 2013 and her nephew has been researching family history.

Stephen, who has posted a set of pictures to the Facebook page ‘Old Campbeltown and Surrounding Area,’ said: ‘Willy is the brains in our family, he’s been a great help to me. I am compiling a family tree and history.

‘I have no family link to Kintyre and it was great to find out that my aunt Anne was in this area, at Rosehill Farm, in the war working on one of the farms.’

In response to Down Memory Lane’s interest, Willy said: ‘That would make my mammy very happy.’

In a short story Anne Maley wrote, one paragraph stated: ‘I never had any fear of animals in the old days. After all I was a land girl during the war. I worked among coos wi’ dangerous looking horns, large Clydesdales with floundering feet, and also a temperamental sheep dug. I never felt threatened.’