While a student at Highfield boarding school in Golders Green, north of London between 1897 and 1899 Gwendolen Marjorie Howard spent many of her holidays travelling throughout Britain, visiting the homes of her schoolmates. These trips included excursions to the Ile of Wight, Wales, and northern England. After leaving Highfield Marjorie did not visit Britain again until 1905. In the spring and summer of that year she journeyed to see the newly appointed Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford (William Osler) and his family, the family of her half-brother Dr Jared Howard in both England and Scotland, as well as a number of friends she had made at Highfield. Her next visit to Britain was in 1907 when she visited the Osler family in Oxford with her brother Campbell. Finally, the last British visit documented in the collection was in 1909. It was during this final British vacation that Dr Thomas Futcher proposed to Marjorie while they were visiting one of the Scottish estates of Jared Howard's father-in-law, Lord Strathcona.

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