Obituary - Ann Tania Shaw, Bonkyl, Preston (1934-2014)

Ann Shaw
Ann Shaw

Ann Tania Shaw from Bonkyl Lodge, Preston, died on September 2.

She and her late husband Neil arrived in Berwickshire in the mid 1970s and were quickly known for their great warmth and hospitality and gathered around them a huge circle of friends.

Ann was born on November 23, 1934, the daughter of Godfrey and Doreen Morgan and moved around with her family, finally arriving in Edinburgh in the 1950s. Her early working life was spent working with horses and she spent much of her free time with her horses and dogs.

Ann married Neil Shaw in 1959 and they lived at Fala Dam, south of Edinburgh, for several years before buying Bonkyl and moving to Berwickshire. Ann’s passions were her three children, Timothy – who lives at Bonkyl and has three children – and twins Dawn and Andrew.

Ann developed her consuming passion for horses and won many rosettes and trophies in the show ring, including at the Royal Highland Show, but she will probably be best remembered by many as a wonderful secretary of the Berwickshire Hunt and of Jeremy Whalley’s Bloodhounds.

She was astute and hardworking and had a great ability to involve everyone around her in whatever she was promoting, giving much of her time to charitable causes.

Ann made sure that both the front and back doors of Bonkyl were always wide open and if ever anyone called there they could be sure of a warm welcome and a cup of tea – or a dram, and a giggle over some recent incident which Ann was keen to relate. You always left with a smile on your face and a warm heart.

She is survived by her sister Loyola Campbell (Tui), her brother Rt Rev Monsignor Vaughan Morgan, her three children and three grandchildren.

P.J.