Contributed by James Noble
Margaret Fairweather Bourne, daughter of Percy and Christine (Robinson) Fairweather, was born in Rothesay in 1911, and educated at Netherwood School and The University of King’s College, Halifax. After graduating from King’s with a B.A. in 1932, Mrs. Bourne spent three years teaching algebra, geometry, and Latin at Netherwood before entering the School of Nursing at the Montreal General Hospital. After earning her R.N., Margaret worked as Head Nurse at the Montreal General for three years before joining the army in 1914. In 1943, while serving in the #14 Canadian General Hospital in England, she married Dr. Monroe Bourne, whom she had met in Montreal as a nursing student. After the war, the Bournes returned to Montreal where Dr. Bourne went into practice with his father ad had a family: Robert (b. 1946), Richard (b. 1948), and Mary (b. 1953). Having summered in Rothesay with the children as they were growing up, Mrs. Bourne returned to Firshadeto live in 1983 when Mr. Bourne retired. Dr. Bourne died in 1992. Mrs. Bourne has been active in Rothesay in her “retirement” as a member of St. Paul’s Church, of the Rothesay Garden Club, the Rothesay Area Heritage Trust, and as a traveler, making frequent trips to visit her children and grandchildren in California, The Northwest Territories, Quebec, and elsewhere.