Son delves into family history to find out more
One of the children who arrived at Montrose from Spain was Encarnacion Buenavente, whose son Tom Borland lives in Tayport.
Unfortunately he has little knowledge of his mother’s time in Montrose as she died a month before he turned two.
“My mother was 13 when she arrived with my auntie Esther who was about nine,” he said.
“Before they came to Scotland my auntie Esther told me that they had seen their father shot in the street by a firing squad.”
Mr Borland’s mother and aunt wanted to stay in Scotland after their time at Mall Park came to an end as they were orphans.
“My mother would have been about 15 at the time and they got her a job in service in Dundee,” he said.
“She was married at 19 and had me when she was 19 but two years later, in 1944, she contracted tuberculosis and died.”
Mr Borland started to try to find out more about the children of Basque’s stay in Montrose about 12 years ago and in 2008 unveiled a blue plaque at Mall Park House with the then Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville.