Published in Issue 5 (September/October 2022), Letters, Volume 30

Sir,—My mother, Mrs Gladys Giltrap (née Kingston) was born on 14 August 1922. She has just turned 100 and remains in excellent health. She was born at 3 Marino Street, Bantry, to Jane Kingston (née Young) and George Kingston. Mum tells the story that when she was about three days old her mother was nursing her in a bed when a shot was fired and a bullet lodged in the bedstead above their heads. Mrs Kingston was a midwife. A Mrs Shebswell-White [sp?] immediately moved them up to Bantry House for safety. Do any of your readers and researchers have stories about the Civil War in and around Bantry? My mum married Stanley Giltrap (Dublin) in 1946 and they went out as missionaries with the Church Mission Society to Juba, Sudan. In 1957 they moved to Nairobi, Kenya, and in 1964 to Sydney, Australia. My older sister and I were born in Kampala, Uganda, my younger sister in Sudan, and my brother in Nairobi, Kenya. My grandmother Jane Kingston and my two aunts, Doris and Ena Kingston, followed us to Sydney later in 1964. My family gave me an annual subscription to History Ireland. The detailed scholarly research and stories are presented in a readable form which is fascinating.—Yours etc.,



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