My mother, Margaret Toner, who has died aged 88, found a new direction in her 60s when she went back to school to study history and English, and then spent 10 years volunteering for the National Trust, guiding visitors around its preserved Tenement House in Glasgow.

Margaret was born in Cambuslang, Glasgow, to Frank Brannan, a blacksmith, and Rose (nee McGill). She lived with her parents and two brothers in Flemington until her mum died of peritonitis when Margaret was 12. Around 1944 it was decided that the family should go and live with Rose’s sister, Famie, in Cambuslang, and so began an incredibly happy period in Margaret’s life.

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