Given names: 
Mrs J.
Given address: 
Blue Spur
Sheet No: 82
Blue Spur

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Margaret Scott was born in 1855 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England –the daughter of Catherine Petrie and Joseph Scott, a baker.

Margaret emigrated to New Zealand in about 1855 with her parents and sister. The family lived in Wellington at first then travelled south and followed the gold rushes, finally settling in Wetherstones near Lawrence in Central Otago.

Margaret was one of the first pupils to attend the Lawrence District High School.

She married James Grant in 1872 and they had at least six children when, in February 1886, James petitioned the Tuapeka Hospital and Charitable Aid Board for relief: “he had been laid up for upwards of two years with a complication of diseases”. The board forwarded the case to the United Board recommending relief, as the case was a very deserving one. By March the Board was petitioned again as James had died.

Margaret continued to receive relief until 1888 when she married John Couper, a miner, who later worked as a water race minder for a gold claim. They had two children and lived at Blue Spur. John died in 1910 and after his death Margaret moved to Dunedin. She died there on 10 July 1942 and is buried in the Andersons Bay Cemetery.


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