Records tagged with Keywords: Servant

Annie McDonald

Other names: 
Her maiden name was Mitchell
3 Jan 1832-4 July 1897

Annie Mitchell joined the royal household in 1856, initially working for Prince Albert. She moved to the Queen's service as a housemaid and became a wardrobe maid in 1862.

Annie Mitchell married footman John McDonald on 19 September 1863 in Buckinghamshire. Their daughter Victoria Alberta was born the following year. John died of consumption on 1 October 1865.

Annie remained in the royal service, leaving her daughter with her parents in Crathie. She became head dresser to Queen Victoria. She is mentioned in Queen Victoria's diaries many times.

The two John Macdonalds of Deeside
Article by Alister Macdonald in the "Leopard" magazine, March 2015, pp30-31

Malvina Wells

c.1805 - 22 April 1887 (died aged 82)

Malvina Wells was born a slave in the West Indies. Her mother was a slave, and her father was a planter, John Wells.

She is listed at no. 124 on a list of slaves on the Grand Bay Estate, Carriacou, in 1817 - Malvina, mulatto (i.e. she had a white father) Creole, supposed age 13, no distinguishing marks.

She came to Scotland as a domestic servant to Mrs Joanna Macrae of Edinburgh some time before 1851.

In the 1851 census, Malvina Wells, aged 48, lady's maid, was living at 33 Great King’s Street, Edinburgh, in the MacRae household.

She died in Edinburgh on 22 April 1887.

Death certificate
1887 685/01 0401
1881 census
Edinburgh St Stephens; ED: 62; Page: 28; Line: 9; Roll: cssct1881_285
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