The McCallum Sisters

Margaret and her older sister Lucy forsook London to open a school for girls in Filey. They started out in North Street (now Belle Vue Street) before moving to Clarence House. You will get a sense of their contribution to the town here.

I don’t know where I got the idea – but I thought the ladies had moved away from Filey after retirement. Three sisters – and their mother – are at rest here in the churchyard. Margaret “fell asleep” some distance away. Her death was registered in Stafford and I thought she may have fallen ill there while visiting friends. She was brought to Filey for burial and the register gives her last address as Coton Hill. Initially puzzled, because I thought Coton Hill was in Shrewsbury, I was saddened to see her life had ended in an asylum. Built as an extension to the County Asylum, Coton Hill looks palatial and its “private patients” may have been comfortable and well cared for. There are many photographs of the place at Staffordshire Past Track.

In 1905 a window in St Oswald’s church was dedicated –

To the Greater Glory of God and to the memory of Margaret McCallum, by her former pupils and friends.

Margaret’s mother died in September that year. I hope she saw the window. Sister Lucy died in 1918 and a brief notice in a local newspaper mentioned that her brother was the noted singer, who sang The man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo. Colin Whitton McCallum’s stage name was Charles COLBORN and you might guess what he was singing when British Pathé filmed one of his last performances (in 1934).

I wrote posts about Lucy COOK and her unfortunate father a couple of years ago in Lucy · Louise and Captain Cook.

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