Stick in

“Stick in”, a phrase I associate with James Slater, Pa as we called him, my maternal grandfather. Born in poverty, he crossed the globe, returned to Orkney, bought and grew his own farm, working hard and innovatively. (It should also be said that I write from the perspective of the first child of his favourite  |  more…

Back to school

There were several teachers in my family tree but I’m focusing on one this time: Auntie Mimie. Tomima Slater (1892-1956) Auntie Mimie was born at Gara, Orphir on 18 January 1892, the ninth child of William H Slater and Tomima Groundwater. The family was poor, work was scarce. My maternal grandfather, James, one of her  |  more…

Who’s coming to dinner?

There are many ancestors that I’d like to quiz over a meal, but I feel my great grandmother Tomima Groundwater really deserves some spoiling as well as quizzing. So she’s the topic of this week’s #52ancestors challenge: invite to dinner.. Who was she? Tomima Groundwater was born on 16 February 1851 the second child and  |  more…