This is the story of Elizabeth McRae, a little girl from Edinburgh, who none of her present day descendants knew existed until she appeared in her father’s army records when the family tree was being traced.
Elizabeth was born severely disabled in Edinburgh in 1912. At the age of nine she was sent away from her home and family to Caithness in the far north of Scotland and was placed in the Latheron Poorhouse, where she eventually died in 1926.
Such facts as we know about her short, sad life show how attitudes to disability were very different 100 years ago. Never spoken of or acknowledged, this website is Elizabeth’s memorial.