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Scots in India
A Letter from Wendy Mair


Hello!

I am Wendy Mair writing from Sikkim, India. My father's mother was married to Ivan Wilbur Mair from Scotland who was a manager in a tea plantation in Darjeeling/Kalimpong, India. They had a child born unto them Arthur Mair (my father). During the Indian struggle for Independence, my grandfather along with other Scottish men left for their country. My grandfather wanted to take along my grandmother with him but since it was still a rare happening for the young girls here to settle abroad, my grandma's family feared the worst and didn't allow her to go. They wanted her to remarry after he went so even hid all the letters he sent to her. She, unaware of all that, kept waiting.... never knowing he had been waiting for her reply so he could take her. My father grew up without a father; as per my grandfather's instructions, the people in Dr. Grahams Homes, Kalimpong came to take him to put him to school there when he was in Std X, he got an opportunity to go to Scotland with a group of other students. He searched for his father but his name was in the dead people's list. Disappointed he returned... my granma never married and even until death, she wished that somehow we could get in touch with some extended part of his family! With that last wish of hers in mind, i hereby write to you with prayers that if God wills, we may find someone who could tell us about our grandfather.

My add: ann.wong08@gmail.com

Thanks

Wendy Mair Lepcha


 


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