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Chestico Museum

Purse


Accession number: CMT 18-2
Category: Personal Gear
Date: circa 1918
Materials: Leather, metal, cloth.
Measurements: 25cm L x 9cm W x 14.5cm H
Narrative: Florence MacLellan (1888-1918) was born in Dunvegan to Mary Bell (Chisholm) and Neil MacLellan. On January 23, 1912 she married John Beaton of St. Ninian in St. Margaret of Scotland church, Broad Cove. John made his fortune in gold in Alaska. The couple had 2 children, Loretta and Neil. They were expecting a third child when Florence and her children boarded the Princess Sophia in 1918. The ship sank with with the loss of all on board. The children's bodies were never recovered. John brought Florence home to Port Hood for burial.
Description: Pebbled black leather purse. Metal clasp closure, appears to be a place for a strap. Navy blue lining with pockets on either side.
History of Use: Florence MacLellan had the purse wen she boarded the "Princess Sophia". It was found shore after it sunk. The purse was presumably given back to John Beaton and somehow ended up in the possession of his brother Murdoch. The last of Murdoch's to have it was Sr. Christina. She was in the same convent as Benjamina's sister - Sr. Florence Loretta MacLellan. Since Sr. Florence was named for Florence and her daughter Loretta Sr. Christina gave her the purse. Sr. Florence moved around a few times so she gave the purse to Benjamina so it would not be lost. Benjamina was concerned that the purse be looked after and not forgotten so she gave it to the museum since Florence is buried here.