John Brown aged 94
"One of my first visits to this city was over eighty years ago, when I was ten years old. I saw the terrible effect of the cholera epidemic which was ravaging the city at the time. I remember my aunt took me to the Old Howff to see where they buried the victims. It was a terrible sight. There were long deep trenches dug where the walks now are, and into these the bodies in coffins were heaped unceremoniously. It was a regular plague the Cholera at that time, and the drivers of the 'dead carts' used to go round the streets shouting "Bring out your dead". It's a good job I was sent back to Montrose or I mightn't have lived to be 94 years old."
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