Frederick Lee (pinxit 1835)
Willie "Topsy" (nickname for some members of the Marr family) Marr was born on Christmas
Day 1919 in Glasgow. His father Robert was born at Custom House Square in 1886 and served on the lifeboat in the early days of
the 20th century. Willie's parents, married in 1915 and moved to Govan (for shipyard work for Bob). Topsy returned to Dunbar as
a 12 year old in 1931. Living firstly, of all places, on Lamer Island then Tait's close and finally to a newly built 7 Parsonspool,
youngest sister Helen was the only sibling born in Dunbar.
Sadly brother Robin was a casualty at sea in World War 2. Willie's passion for art and
pottery was evident from an early age. Whether it was his time at the harbour or aboard the Jacob George his favourite subjects
were from this area and sometimes completely done from memory. Nevertheless his most requested scene was Preston Mill.
He painted in a number of styles and in a range of mediums - his self-portrait captured with the aid of a mirror defied convention but met with his customary appeal.
In his latter years he still made his customary visits to the shore.
Thanks to Christine Brown for allowing us to copy them.