Isa Cunningham lived in the
Clydesdale Bank House, Brechin. She was engaged
to Charles Jamieson, a Brechiner who worked in
London. They conducted a long distance engagement
and the romance was kept alive by the mail. Isa
wrote Charles 30 page letters almost every week.
She kept him informed of local events and friends
plus the progress of arrangements for the wedding.
Isa reassured Charles on 20 January 1915 that
she did not care whether he could buy her expensive
presents or not "You know I am not fond of much
jewellery. I think I have about enough to last
me all my life. I like a few things and I like
them good. I don't like a lot of showy things.
And I have got such a beauty of a ring that I
can never be ashamed of".
Many of the letters informed Charles of wedding
gifts received. Isa became quite obsessed about
the lack of a toast rack and salt and peppers.
"I have written thanking her [Mrs Stark]. It was
most kind. But this is now my 4th case of afternoon
tea knives. Why does no one think of a toast rack
or salts and peppers!! for a change."
Charles and Isa married on 1st June 1915 in Glasgow
and honeymooned at Lake Windermere. They spent
the rest of their lives in London but continued
to visit Brechin regularly with their children,
Betty and Willie.