Eleanore von Poellnitz and her 100 candle cake, March 13th 1914

Use this link to go to March 1914 where you can read all about it and hear Ysobel’s memories of her great grandmother’s early years in the 1820s.

The birthday page, with the signatures of her four children who were able to come arranged around the central wreath, – from top left going clockwise: Blanche, Walter, Aime and Arthur…

Eleanore with her two youngest grandchildren: Eleanore Mary and Ysobel, Wynne’s children.

An extraordinary life – to be born the year before Waterloo, and live to see the declaration of war in 1914. When interviewed she described how, as a young girl, she had “staged” from Edinburgh to London alone – in other words, had caught the stage coach to get to school in Sloane Square. She had also travelled from Leith to London in the first steam boat to make the trip, and lived long enough to see aeroplanes flying.
She was 23 when Victoria ascended the throne, and 43 when the Indian Mutiny broke out, and she lived through the unification of Germany, her adopted home, watching a collection of small principalities become a superpower.

Wolfelee, Eleanor’s family home in the Scottish lowlands. It became a hotel, but was burnt down towards the end of the last century.