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Cowdenbeath Railway Station (picture from "Old Cowdenbeath" by Jim Hutcheson ISBN 1 84033 030 9 - Published by Stenlake Publishing, Ayrshire KA182NX, Scotland

The ‘new’ Cowdenbeath Railway Station was built in 1900 on the North British line. The station was designed for passengers only while the old station remained open to cope with the transportation of coal. It was from here that the ‘Watson party’ left on 30 May 1906.

The following letter was written by Isabella FORTUNE on 30 May 1906. Isabella was the wife of grocer, James FORTUNE. They lived at 72 High Street, Cowdenbeath and had five children – Lizzie 26, William 23, James 18, Thomas 15 and Ella 12. (For those who have difficulty reading this writing I have transcribed it below.)

Letter from Isabella FORTUNE to Ann WATSON - 30 May 1906


72 High Street



Dear Mrs Watson & all

I was sorry you could not get down yesterday for a short time, but under the circumstances you have my sympathy. I feel the parting tho our relationship has been short & as I will not venture to the station tonight to bid – good bye I thought I might convey my heartfelt farewell on paper. May you and your family have every blessing & may you all be spared, strengthened & comforted with each others society & enabled to brave the venture you have determined upon.

I should like awfully much if you will give me a few lines on your way out & will always go with you in heart to your destination. May you all be upheld by His Everlasting Arms – under whose wings is perfect peace.

Kiss Julia from me – love to all

Yours V. Sincerely

I. Fortune


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