May’s first job was feeding the hens (1961) and collecting eggs at the Myre of Bedlam in Aberdeenshire. Next farm was Hardbedlam. Her father was a dairy farmer.
Moved to Burgie Lodge in Morayshire. Got a summer job working for the Carlton Hotel in Forres waitressing. Stayed in the hotel sharing a large bedroom and a shared bathroom. There was a permanent resident of the hotel who was a retired banker. May had to rise early to serve breakfast to the residents. Mealtimes were busy as local people came in. Often got sore feet and had to soak them in a bath.
Memory contributed by May Bichan from Forres
Celtic origin to the place names
“Hardbedlam. Hill of Bedlam; which see. Ard, hill.
Bedlam. Thicket on a hill. Bad, bushy place; laimh,
gen. of lamh, hill. An old form is Bedlain, which would
mean thicket of the plain. Bad, bushy place; lean, meadow,
level place” source
Aerial view of Burgie Lodge and estate- Scotlands Places