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Margaret McNaughton

Margaret McNaughton was someone Schreiner met while she was living in Colesburg in 1874 working as governess to the Weakleys. No certain further information is known about her, but Schoeman suggests that she may have been the daughter of Peter McNaughton, “an agent, auctioneer and Justice of the Peace at the nearby Philipstown” (1991: 307). If so, she was born in Scotland in 1840 and died in Colesberg in 1882. Schreiner’s only extant letter to ‘Miss McNaughton’ refers to wishing to know more of her, and expresses her regret that they had not met more often while Schreiner was in Colesberg. 

For further information see:
Karel Schoeman (1991) Olive Schreiner: A Woman in South Africa 1855-1881 Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball
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