Working in the office at Limeworks in Botriphnie by Margaret Will

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Botriphnie Primary School

Margaret started work at the age of 14 in 1946. Her sister worked at the same place and when she got married Margaret got her sister’s job. She lived in Botriphnie village and had attended the primary school. She cycled five miles from home and back every day to get to work. Her father was the foreman of the Limeworks. The Limeworks ground limestone for use of the fields. Her job involved typing and bookkeeping. There was an old typewriter to use. She liked the people she worked with and stayed until she got married at the age of 19. In her time off she went to Drummuir Dance Hall for the Friday night dances. Lots of young people went there and it is where she met her husband.

They bought a guesthouse in Craigellachie called the Glenalmond. She acquired a licence to change it to a hotel. Eventually it was sold and they built a house in Keith. She then to work for the Coachbuilders in Keith for the next twenty years. Her husband went to work for the Limeworks and became manager after her father was taken ill.

Memory contributed by Margaret Will, Rothes

Additional information

Historical tax rolls for Botriphnie in 1797-1798 for farm horses and clock/watch tax.

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