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Joy Plummer – FoSOC member and former Newsletter Editor

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Joy Plummer who for many years was the editor of the FoSOC Newsletter when this was produced six times a year and without the aid of a computer has recently moved from Southampton to East Sussex but wishes to continue as a member. Joy has kindly donated to FoSOC many interesting books and a model (she made herself) depicting the story of Charles Rawden Maclean aka John Ross who at the age of 15 (after being shipwrecked for the first time) walked from Port Natal (modern day Durban) to Delagoa Bay to obtain badly needed medicine and supplies for the settlement. Zulu King Shaka was so impressed by his courage, that he had an escort of many warriors to accompany him, this was a round trip of about 600 miles, on foot, through often dangerous and inhospitable wild land. He came back a hero and had many more adventures until his death in 1880. John Ross was on a journey back home to Scotland when his died aboard ship in the Solent, he was buried in a pauper’s grave in the Old Cemetery. The grave through the efforts of FoSOC now has a headstone. Many thanks to Joy for allowing FoSOC to have the model (which will make for an interesting story to tell for many FoSOC events to come) and the many books, all these are items are now kept at Dukes Keep.