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Monday, May 01, 2006

Maine's Scottish Throne Donors

Waterville has played an important role in the history of Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland. When the residents of Penicuik celebrate the coming of summer by choosing their Gala Queen in a few weeks, she will ascend to a very special throne.
Since 1926, in Penicuik, the lass takes her seat on a massive, oak coronation throne, the construction of which was commissioned and paid for by residents of Waterville.
The chair was donated by Scottish immigrants to Waterville, descendants of whom the Penicuik Historical Society are now trying to locate. Librarians in Waterville and Winslow are assisting in the search.
The endeavor is a daunting one, said Sarah Sugden, Waterville Public Library director.

"It's such a massive undertaking," she said. "We're trying to find descendants, and usually with genealogy searches, you're trying to find ancestors."

Sugden said she is poring over obituaries, sifting through files and taking trips through local cemeteries as she hunts for clues.

The shared heritage of Waterville and Penicuik is worth the effort of uncovering, Sugden said.

"This a great hunt. It's the perfect librarian question," she said. [Link]
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