Sad Times

Image of the Gibson Family Grave in Neilston Cemetery

Sadly, at the age of 11 years Margaret caught Scarlet Fever and died shortly afterwards in Darnley Hospital on 11th January 1933, leaving the family devastated. Over 200 sympathy letters were received by the family, one of them is illustrated below.

Notice of death

Notice of Margaret's death and invitation to the Funeral:

"I am sorry to inform you that my daughter, Margaret, died of acute Scarlet Fever in Darnley Hospital, at 10.15p.m. on Wednesday, 11th January, 1933, aged 11 1/2 years.

The favour of your Company at the Funeral from the house to Neilston Cemetery, on Saturday, 14th January, 1933, at 1 o'clock, is respectfully requested.

ROBERT GIBSON, Jun.

Rowardennan,

Barrhead."

Letters of sympathy

Just one of several hundred letters of sympathy received on Margaret's death.

"Dear Mr & Mrs Gibson,

My thoughts have been much with you during those days of watching and waiting, and I should like to express to you my sincere sympathy at this time.

Margaret will be much missed by all who knew her - she was so bright and full of life. But what a blank there must be now in your lives and in your home!

I trust that strength will be given you in this your hour of need.

Yours very sincerely,

Margaret J.Scott"

Death of Margaret's father

An article which appeared in the Barrhead Pictorial on 27th August 1970 on the death of Margaret's father, the publisher Robert Gibson:

"Barrhead Publisher Dies at 89.

The death has occurred at his home in Neilston Road, Barrhead at the age of 89, of Mr Robert Gibson of the firm of educational publishers, Robert Gibson & Sons, Glasgow.

Many children in Barrhead, and throughout the world, have learned from books published by Gibson's.

One of the first primers, using the phonic method to teach reading and containing the famous phrase "A cat sat on the mat", was published by the firm and was originally illustrated by photographs. Most of these were taken in and around Barrhead in the late Victorian era.

One of the girls photographed was Agnes (Nan) Craig of Criag-gowan, Neilston Road, who later became Mr Gibson's wife..."

The image is of the Gibson Family grave in Neilston Cemetery where Margaret and her mother and father are buried. Margaret died in 1933, her mother in 1964 and her father in 1970.