The grandson of one of the first pupils ever to be taught at Queen's visited the school with a donation to our archives last week.

Richard Martin kindly donated his grandmother Emma Welsh's examination certificate, which she received at the tender age of 13 in 1883. 

Mr Martin said: "It is lovely to have passed on this piece of the school's history to Queen's for people to learn from and enjoy for years to come."

Emma was born in Chester in 1870, the eldest daughter of Gomer and Hannah Welsh, Emma was the youngest of five children. Her father ran a building business in the area for many years.

After leaving Queen's Emma continued to live at home until 1901 when she married Jesse Martin, also from Chester, and they then moved to Leeds. They lived there, with their two children, throughout WW1, before returning to Chester in the mid 1930s.

Emma became a prominent member of both the local British Sailors Society and the Presbyterian Church whilst living in Leeds and continued a lifelong membership of the City Road Presbyterian Church on her return to Chester.

Emma Welsh (1870-1956) 

Post date: 11th January 2016