Portgordon People who sang for Carpenter in 1931

Below information kindly sent by her relative
Professor Peter Reid.
Isabella Reid (known always as "Mrs Reid, Oran House").  The Reids of Oran House had been very prosperous ships chandlers, merchants, ship owners and bankers and Mrs Reid was at the pinnacle of village society such as it was.  She was born 29 March 1860, the daughter of Captain William Geddes, Master Mariner, and his first wife Isabella Pirie.  She married on 27 July 1877 David Reid (1847-1894) who was a merchant and banker, and they had seven children (one of her sons, Dr Edmund Lewis Reid, became a distinguished surgeon); four of the children left descendants.  She was widowed at 34 and brought the children up on her own and lived on at Oran House for another fifty years.  She died on 30 September 1945.  She was quite a character and something of a village grande dame.

Photograph courtesy of Professor Peter Reid. Card images are used courtesy of the James Madison Carpenter Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Mrs William Carter and Mrs Helen Brown of 32 Gordon St also sang for Carpenter - see below cards