Memoirs of Miette Dernbach (nee Hardy) and family

Scope and Content

Autobiographical account

Administrative / Biographical History

Miette Dernbach was the daughter of Marcel Hardy, and her mother was the sister of one of his friends. Marcel was sent to the Ecole Militaire in Brussels, from where he deserted aged around 21 and fled to Edinburgh with his young wife. He trained in botany and geography under Patrick Geddes and graduated from Edinburgh University in 1903. Miette's father did a variety of jobs. He was Assistant in Botany to Patrick Geddes at Dundee University College, studied at the Sorbonne, managed estates in Mexico and Panama and was Tutor to an Indian Prince. Miette was six years old when the family emigrated to Mexico in 1906, and the memoir contains a lengthy account of the family's life there. They returned to Britain after World War I and Marcel advised Lord Leverhulme on the prospects for commercial agriculture on the Isle of Lewis. In early 1920 he was nominated as one of the five representatives on the Reparations Commission, which had been set up to calculate the sums Germany must pay the allies, in recompense for the expenditure they had incurred in waging World War I. Hardy's task was to report into the state of German agriculture, and the family settled in Berlin, where Miette was to meet her future husband. The memoir ends at the time of her marriage in 1928.

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Accession 393

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Catalogued online to item level

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Typescript, possibly based on manuscript original (not held)

Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison, Web version by Graham S. Holton, Jordanhill LibraryRules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: January 2009

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