Son delves into fam­ily his­tory to find out more

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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