Blackadder, Elizabeth (1 of 13).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2006-05-09, 2006-05-22, 2006-06-06, 2006-06-20

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    Interviewee's home, Edinburgh

  • Interviewees

    Blackadder, Elizabeth, 1931- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Simmons, Jenny, (speaker, female)

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    Part 1: Tape 1: Side A. 9/5/06 Elizabeth Blackadder [EB] b. Falkirk 1931, family lived in grandfather’s house, owner of foundry, name: Thomas Blackadder, same name as father. Men in family engineers. Description of grandfather’s lifestyle, traveller and collector, describes his looks. EB’s brother five years older, also called Thomas. Paternal grandmother died before EB’s birth. Mentions grandfather’s friends in Barcelona. Mother’s name: Violet Isabella Scott. Description of house built by grandfather in 1905. Death of father in 40s, EB sent to stay with maternal grandmother in village Kilmun on Holy Loch [Argyllshire], attended school in Strone two miles away, mentions going to secondary school with brother in Dunoon for two years. Maternal grandmother’s three sisters lived with her in Victorian villa near loch shore, describes area. Loch used as submarine base, mentions activities of ships, bombs over Clydebank. Grandmother informed her of father’s death. About father’s encouragement of her, activities he shared with her. About life as part of extended family. About books in house, both parents’ love of reading. Grandfather played records of opera music, EB and brother learnt to play piano, mentions her dislike dancing classes and being a Brownie. EB voracious reader in Kilmun, read all the magazines in Post Office, given Walter Scott novels at ten years, Minister called John lent her books, Sundays allowed to read only Bible. About special botany book: Flowers of the Field she chose from John’s library after his death. About how she collected and pressed wild flowers. No memory of parents quarrelling, EB always felt loved.

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