Family gather to honour Annie

The Gilruth family group who came together for a special event on Friday.
The Gilruth family group who came together for a special event on Friday.

Descendants of one of Auchmithie’s most famous daughters gathered in the village on Friday for an evening of entertainment.

Family of Annie Gilruth from all over Britain came together by invitation from her own great grand-daughter Barbara Chapel who resides in Arbroath.

The reunion was planned around a special showing of the one woman show based on the early life of their ancestor.

And the family was astonished at the legacy left to the village of Auchmithie by Annie Gilruth’s vision and compassion in the late 1900s.

The event was hosted by the HAAR (Heritage Arts Auchmithie Residents) in their traditional HAAR festival roles as Auchmithie fisher folk from days gone by.

The one woman play called ‘Annie – A Woman Who Made a Difference’, was written and performed by Ann Craig.

The play has been enjoyed by a huge variety of groups over the last 18 month all over Angus.

Ann has based her work on the memoirs of Annie Gilruth and it tells of her childhood years and young life up to the point she came to Auchmithie in 1868.

Ann explained: “People have heard of the mature campaigning Annie but not many will have known about her early life and it was very harsh and very different to what you might have thought reading about her as the older woman.

“It has been a pleasure fulfilling a wee promise I made to Tom Gilruth, Annie’s grandson about 35 years ago when he came out here to rededicate our newly re-opened hall.

“This was a unique and exciting weekend meeting all of those people, descended from Annie.”

The weekend was then taken up with a series of family dinners, catching up with family news, renewing family ties, and revisiting places in and around Auchmithie that were important to the Gilruths.