Note: "Just on a hundred years ago, my mother was simply young Lizzie Stewart, the schoolmaster's eldest girl, in Edderton. She was beautiful, and not surprisingly, she had a "beau." His name was not known to us, but he was a minister in Caithness...He seemed unable to "come to the point."...The days went by, and still Lizzie Stewart received no proposal of marriage...At this point, another actor came on stage...it was neither her father nor yet her mother, but her brother James, the eldest of the family. (James was at this time preparing for the ministry.) James possessed a less happy tendency: he delighted in "arranging" and "re-arranging" the lives of his brothers and sisiters!"
Whether the idea originated first with her or her brother is unknown, but Lizzie was encouraged to join the missionary staff of the Church of Scotland, to serve in India. She had a brief training, and fearing the loss of his love, the minister proposed; she accepted. Her brother forbade this, noting that she had had the training and received the "laying of the hands," and so she was forced to go to India rather than marry her love.
This submissiveness was blended into her character, and by all accounts was extremely sweet and kind, but never had the opportunity to chart the course for her own life. To her, her religion was extremely important, and the traditional role of the family the way of life.
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