October 8, 2012

POSTCARD FROM MINNIE LAWRENCE TO MISS M. DUFF


December 23, 1909


Add another Duff and a Mysteron to the Click & Duff family puzzle. Obviously M. Duff is a relative to James et al. because the card was among the antique store stash but there's no telling who she is and thanks to only a first name initial it may never be surmised. The fact that she's addressed as Miss lends to the prospect that she is younger than the "you all" which the writer alludes to.

The address 19 Glencairn Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland doesn't offer up many clues either. I did find an "apartment for rent" notice for the address which shows a large building with updated accommodations.


Which may or may not offer any clues to whether or not it's a new structure or a rehabilitated one. From the looks of it though it easily could have served as a dormitory. Unbelievably, I found a Scottish Post Office Directory from that time and it lists the resident at that address as Miss Duff! Egads.

Further searches revealed different occupants including a Reginald Nairn Dunlop (b. 1878) who was a member of the General Council of the University of Glasgow in 1909, the same year the postcard was sent, and remained in that capacity until at least 1929. He earned an MB (Bachelor in Medicine) from The University of Glasgow in 1901 and his thesis was entitled "An Analysis of Fifty Cases of Eclampsia." The trail grows cold there for him.

A more interesting search resulted in this blurb from The Hexagon of Alpha Chi Sigma, Volume 5, 1914:


Any relation to Minnie Lawrence? No clue as once again all leads end with nothing to show but further speculation. Perhaps a name less common than James Lawrence would lead to more agreeable results. Outside of that is a blank slate to the unknown since I know next to nothing about even the main participants in this drama let alone the parallel passengers.

As for the church on the postcard: The Church of the Holy Trinity, St. Andrews, Scotland has stood at its present site for just over 600 years. The original structure was altered significantly during the Reformation of  1560 and restored around the time of the card's printing in the early 1900s.

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