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Amy FLINT

1846 - 1927

Life History

1846

Born

1927

Died

EVELYN: Amy was unmarried. I remember her very well; short, with fine but strong features and pince-nez. Very intelligent and witty. She visited us often and I used to visit her at her house in Joppa, near Edinburgh. Naena and she were great friends, and she can tell you some more about her.

NAENA: Amy was my very dear cousin and when I was only about sixteen, I found her in so many ways a kindred spirit, that I used to go and see her and stay with her when I could. She was 21 years older than my mother. The lived latterly with an old servant in a small, quiet house in a near country suburb of Edinburgh. For a few years I saw less of her, because we were out of Edinburgh, but just before the war 1914-18 and during it, and for a short time after, until I went to London to live, I saw a great deal of her.

She was very good-looking and young looking, and full of wit and charm. She was a great favourite with everybody, and with young men and women. Sue never married, but I know she had had many sweethearts, and when she was well over 60 had a proposal - not the first - from a man who had been devoted to nor for years. She said she could not change her way of life at her age - which meant that she was not as devoted to him as he to her - otherwise she could have married him long before! I knew him well too, and knew how fond he was of her.

While her mother, great Aunt Catherine, was alive, she lived with her. I only just remember Aunt Catherine. Amy had four sisters and a brother - all referred to in Evelyn's notes. She had many heirlooms of our own family and her own mother's, including a big row of lovely miniatures, with those of our great grand parents - great grandfather in his very decorative uniform, and great grandmother very prettily dressed. Some other of our ancestors too, and many on her mother's side. I wasn't interested in families or that kind of history when I knew Amy or I could have learnt a very great deal about our family from her. She was the daughter of the oldest son, who himself was born round about the time of Waterloo, and herself born about 1846. She said she remembered as a small girl waving a flag and shouting "Hurrah for Sebastopol" in the Crime War. Her father overlapped by nearly half a generation her later aunts - Aunt Alicia and my grandmother, and Aunt Alicia was only in her teens when Amy was born. She would have been a store of memories, and I wish I had explored that store! [And so say all of us!] She died while I was in London in 1927, aged 81 or 82.