- Transcript # 1
first transcript is by carbon copy only and is
dated 1st January 1928.
- Jean Anstruther was born on
September 3rd. 1927.
- Her star sign
MISS JEAN ANSTRUTHER.
Well formed, brown
hair, oval face, blue or grey eyes. Middle stature;
inclined to stoop unless corrected. Fresh complexion,
inclining to baldness near temples.
Generous and warm
hearted; cheerful, rather too impulsive for own good.
Possible to shew two very different characters; one
external, the other internal. Can be both brave and
almost reckless, yet very sensitive and reticent, hence
difficult to know. Inclined to plumpness, in middle life
Very fond of travelling
and will change abode often. Full of imagination and
Not very good at
business matters, but personal application will be
necessary for success, and native will inherit land or
property - to do with.
Some danger of scandal
or public criticism storms.
Not very good for
domestic harmony; some troubles, death or separation from
a parent, or it might be Father-in-Law.
Good vitality and able
to resist disease; must be careful to avoid drugs; the
only weakness indicated is a slight weakness of the
Vitality should be well
conserved and it is essential for the wellbeing and
health that the native should have a certain time (if
only a few minutes) each day when she can be quite alone
and perfectly at rest.
Very fond of opposite
sex and somewhat inconstant.
Two or more marriages
possible, one of which will be inimical to the position
of the native.
Attracted to mystical
things, dreams and visions, might have to do with
mediumship and prophecy.
Obstacles occur in
early part of life, but success will come before the
close at about 30 some reversals or some serious calamity
is shewn. *
Will love domestic
comforts of all kinds, and will suffer from inharmonious
surroundings and discord.
Great love of music and
drama. Might be a good musician or poet, or writer of
love stories or dramatic sketches.
Much hope and joy in
her nature, and a great love of pleasure.
Very good health if she
does not over do, but the native will be a little
inclined to go to extremes and be lacking in
self-restraint. Some inclination to be religious,
although it may not be an orthodox religion.
* the lack of punctuation in
this paragraph is perhaps significant for its prophetic
died in April 1961 at the age of 33. She
was the only child of the marriage beween Douglas
Anstruther and Evelyn Mabel (Babs) Wormald. They were
married in 1925. Douglas Anstruther died in 1956, Babs in
A childhood friend,
Diana Turner, speaking in the 1980s - told of Jean being
quite a delicate child, having respiratory weaknesses,
especially triggered by the common cold or influenza.
Jean became a successful vet after training at Edinburgh
where she began at the age of 17. Soon after this, her
parents moved (1948) from her childhood home in
Hertfordshire to Tetbury in Gloucestershire. She married
Richard David Somerset Drew-Smythe in 1949.
Within the space of her
short married life, (1949-61) she lived in four different
family homes - in Wiltshire, Herefordshire (2) and in
Pembrokeshire (Dyfed) Wales, where, during the latter
months of 1960, she experienced a serious road accident
whilst on the way to a veterinary visit. She never fully
recovered from this mishap but was eventually able to
resume her work as a vet and to hunt.
Early in the following
year, she contracted chicken pox which then developed
into pneumonia and she was admitted to hospital. After
further nursing complications she fell victim to 'acute
post infectious encephalitis' and died at Hill House
Hospital, Sketty (Swansea) early in the morning of April
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second transcript is by top copy and has
carbon copy. Dated 12th
name is mentioned. Gender: Female.
believed that this is the horoscope for Babs
(Wormald) Anstruther. Her father was the son of a
Yorkshire father and Scottish Highlander mother.
Her mother's family was Simms from Bath in
been interwoven with the transcript in order to
suggest evidence for this theory. Whilst it is
always possible to "read in" detail,
there are certain facts associated with her life
which make it highly likely that she is the
"native" of this reading. Her husband
(his second marriage) was Douglas Anstruther,
only son of Harry Anstruther and Dame Eva.
horoscope was in her possession. The
carbon copy has the initials E. M. A.
written in pencil at the head of the
document - indicating either that it is
her horoscope or that the carbon copy was
destined for her ownership. Her new-born
daughter's horoscope had just been
gives average height or over, hair thick and
dark, inclined to curling; prominent brows,
aquiline or jewish type of nose and profile,
tendency to stoutness in middle life, some
inclination to stooping shoulders.
was born on 30th September 1901, her sun
sign, Libra with Scorpio rising. The
physical description is accurate.
character, very self-reliant, never vacillating -
sometimes inclined to be vindictive, fault
finding and uncompromising. This sign governs the
generative system, and there seem to be two
distinct types evolving within the sign. The one
naughty, working mischief far and wide; the other
self-conscious and able to reach great heights,
with peculiar penetration, awakening vision,
quickly sensing the possibilities that lie before
the soul. Gifted with what is called second sight
was certainly able to predict or judge
certain outcomes - but probably more on
the basis of her own life experience and
a keen knowledge of people and their
characteristics/behaviours than any
stated reference to
keen judgment and can at once see the purpose or
meaning of things. Very critical, but not for the
sake of criticism and can be of great benefit to
others through her magnetic powers.
above - but also, she was noted as
someone to whom younger generations made
reference in times of uncertainty or
have a remarkable power of attachment, if they
care for anyone they care very much.
Will have a
dignified manner, and though very affable and
courteous are ready at any moment to stand upon
Great power of
self-control, even to the power to controlling
the sex nature, turning it into the highest
spiritual developments. Wonderful vitality and
great recuperative power.
first statement was not a matter of any
projected public persona; however, she
worked in Family Planning and had very
"modern" and open views in this
field of human activity, working also to
further the rights of wives and single
mothers in the family context. She was
unusually frank and approachable for one
of her generation. The latter prediction
was clearly observed within the family -
sometimes aided by her favourite scotch
certainly be a Drama Queen.
Very much liked
or very much disliked, no half-way measures.
The will is
very strong and fights to the end; very
executive, some destructive faculties, acute
penetration of mind and a thirst for finding out
the secret nature of things.
Would make a
good detective. Very fertile imagination and
resourceful nature, temper sometimes quick and
petulant but will not bear malice for long.
Loves and hates
keen and absorbing. Very direct spoken and
fearless. Can keep her own counsel and is wary
Very proud. The
native is ambitious of honour and may attain high
positions. Can express herself in fiery debates
or wordy warfare - a taste for leadership.
aspects above would be valid and were
observed by her "grand"
generation but her daughter's generation
may well have observed additional traits
as being the product of a confident 35 -
55 year old living successfully through
times of unrest and upheaval.
affairs of native are fraught with uncertainty.
Early part of life rather difficult, owing to
disagreements of parents and friction about her
Mother not good
for the native, Father more indifferent but
Second half of
life is apt to be prosperous; some affairs in
foreign lands, journeys because of these affairs.
Native apt to gain through marriage relatives as
well as directly by marriage.
parents lived apart during the latter
years of their married life. Her father
died in 1933 but her mother lived until
1953 and spent the latter part of her
life living with Babs and her husband.
Babs was the youngest child (by some
years) and enjoyed freedoms unusual for
one of her generation. She was both fond
and proud of her father who was a
prominent and prosperous businessman -
socially aware as a philanthropist and
also knighted for his wartime (1914-1918)
service to the Government of the day. The
conflict referred to may well have
had a degree of financial acumen and
independence; her birth family and
marriage family financial backgrounds
were comfortable. She worried about her
financial security - especially after the
death of her husband in 1956 (she lived
until 1981). In later life, her financial
strength was often to be undermined by
family "rescue" plans of one
nature or another - not helped by the
early death of her daughter, Jean, in
1961. Jean's work as a vet provided the
main (secure) income for her family unit.
is unclear whether "affairs"
relates to matters of finance or of the
heart; however, either would be true.
shewn, not more than one brother.
had one brother only - and two sisters.
Being the youngest child - a gap of some
seven years - she formed a close
relationship with her first cousin, Else
Wormald, born in the same year, 1901.
children who will marry early; some secret
trouble in regard to one.
- not so. There may, perhaps, have been
miscarriages but, in the event, Babs and
Douglas Anstruther had only one living
child, Jean, who was almost 22 when she
married. If Babs had other children - not
beyond the realms of possibility, since
she experienced the turmoil of a war-torn
Britain with all its loss and tragedy -
its "living for the moment"
mentality - and was in her mid twenties
by the time she married Douglas and ...
affairs likely to enter into the native's life.
since she had a close relationship during
the latter stages of World War I. It is
believed her lover died in the War or in
the years following. However, she also
went through life staying in touch with a
man with whom - so she later confided -
she had "always been in love".
His identity is not known. It is possibly
significant, however, that she chose to
work in later life as a Family Planning
affectations of the excretory system, diseases of
the bladder and anus fevers. The right arm is in
danger of being seriously hurt or lost, cuts and
enjoyed skating as a young woman and
suffered an accident in which she
seriously injured her arm - family memory
does not recall left or right - but this
event would have been known about in 1928
and so the reference may be treated with
some caution. The arm was certainly
scarred by cuts from skating blades but
full use of the limb was not impaired. In
later life Babs suffered from
marry more than once. Partner is in danger of a
long illness, accidents or hurts. Secret enemies
shewn for him and especially rivals in love.
are shewn, one connects some love affair, which
is fortunate, might bring marriage. Several
exploits on the high seas or in foreign lands may
did not remarry after Douglas died in
1956. Douglas suffered from mental health
problems over a period of several years;
both he and his sister (see Transcript 3
below) were prone to deep depressions and
also periods of manic activity -
correspondence between them on this topic
still exists. According to family
documents, Douglas experienced a heavy
and serious fall from his horse (Bart) in
This was the same year in which his
mother died and just three years after
losing his eldest son (by his first
marriage) as the result of a riding
in love" may be taken in more than
one way, especially if both
partners experienced extra-marital
adventures. Babs and Douglas both
travelled in Europe - together and
separately over the years. Indeed, it
seems that Babs had a "high
old" time in Scandinavia one year -
staying at the Hotel Angleterre, in
Copenhagen and also travelling in Sweden.
September/October of 1930 they could both
be found on holiday - perhaps partially
on business for Douglas - in Germany,
Austria, Hungary and Romania. (Zabola
district pictured adjacent).
heading of Palace Athenée Hotel,
Bucharest, Babs notes: "At
lunch, D. effectively
"frugalling". Must be the 5th
dimension - takes no account of space and
time!! -" Under is
written "NOTE -
Alexand 2nd porter here very good looking
& will do anything for one even to
buying bottle of whiskey in the town. A
appear to have been accompanied by
another mentioned only by the initials,
J. L. H. Also mentioned is a Mr. Tjaarda
- a name which seems to have Dutch
connections; Babs and Douglas were
associated with Holland through Bab's
cousin, Else - who married Bill
Grootenhuis. As a child, Jean Anstruther
stayed with them in Holland and was a
contemporary of their daughter, Wilma.
is known to have sailed to Egypt in 1937
. This is believed to have been a
'recuperative' holiday. She also made a
lengthy South Africa voyage in the late
A series of
difficulties in early life will eventually lead
on to a good position, and success will at last
crown the efforts of the native.
disappointments or loss of one beloved before the
age of 35 indicated. Will have many friends and
supporters among persons in high life or in
artistic or dramatic world, and a love affair
alters things for native; it may be for injury or
advancement but a change is shewn.
is not known what Bab's attitude was
towards the children of Douglas' first
marriage; however, the death of Douglas'
eldest son at age 15 in 1932 would have
happened before her 35th birthday -
equally the loss of her father in 1933.
mention of a love affair altering things
for the native can be a double-edged
sword. Babs is known to have taken an
extreme dislike to one Ann Krabbé, who
appears as a visitor and house guest in
Hertfordshire (noted in the family Guest
Book) from October 1944 onwards until
January 1949 at the house in Tetbury ...
The Sun in
Libra and Moon in Sagittarius is a very good
combination, although it makes personality rather
reckless and over active. It intensifies the
activity of the brain and increases the rapidity
of the speech. Gives prophetic talents and
ability for public speaking. It gives a rich well
stored mind, imaginative and emotional and makes
her a general favourite.
star sign was Libra. She was certainly
approachable; and she could talk. Once
accused of having 'verbal diarrhea' she
responded thus: "Yes, darling; but
at least I do not have mental
constipation, which is obviously what you
are suffering from at this precise
close association with Mother although this is
not very good for native, it promises certain
benefits to her.
Many changes of
residence indicated, and some psychic experiences
connected therewith, that is, haunted houses or
something of that sort.
was born in London whilst the family
lived (1901) at 23 Kensington Court.
Later, her father purchased (1912)
"Springs" at North Stoke near
Wallingford in Oxfordshire. Soon after
her marriage (1925) she and Douglas took
over (1926) Harry Anstruther's house in
Whitchurch after his accidental death in
that year. They moved to Redbourn in
Hertfordshire where they remained for
almost twenty years.
lived in Tetbury, Gloucestershire from
1948 - 1955 at which point the marriage
was all but over. There was a London flat
for a short time and then, after Douglas'
death in 1956, Babs eventually moved to a
mews house in Chelsea where she lived
until 1981. She died peacefully at home
in her bed in that year.
of the family houses that she lived in or
visited would have been
"atmospheric" though no
anecdotes of paranormal encounters have
survived. There is, however, a written
record of Douglas and Babs renting a
Dunmow house for three months - Spinney
End - from June 1929, about which Douglas
comments, in the Anstruther
house was unfriendly so we came away."
also notes "Also a
Plague of Bees; a Drought; a very Hot
took possession of their new house,
'Greyfriars', at Redbourn in
Hertfordshire on September 3rd 1929,
Douglas making a note in the Guest Book,
"It was Squirrel's
birthday". She was
then two years old.
is one story of ghostly wailing
that does remain and it came
Deep in North
Hereford country, her daughter and
son-in-law had left her looking after the
children whilst they attended the annual
well. The children went to bed and were
eventually asleep. Babs prepared for bed;
a cold night in winter, she took her hot
water bottle and filled it from the
boiling kettle on the Aga in the kitchen.
It was very comforting and she was
looking forward to curling up with her
mounted the stairs, Wolf, the family
German Shepherd, wagged his tail lazily
across the parquet tiles from his vantage
point in the hallway. He had the run of
the farmhouse during the day but slept in
the kitchen at night.
and her husband returned home during the
early hours of the morning having dined,
danced and drunk their fill. They arrived
quietly to be greeted enthusiastically by
Wolf. He was an excellent guard dog; the
kind that would let anyone into the house
but the minute they tried to leave,
unless they were accompanied by Jean or
her husband - or he was encouraged to
ignore them - he would bar the way and
keep them there with a series of
convincing growls until two-legged
must have been some noise when the
revellers came home for it disturbed Babs
from her sleep and, a little while later,
the early morning cold prompted her to
sally down to the kitchen to re-fill her
hot water bottle - by which time, the
sound of contented snoring permeated the
whole house. She closed the kitchen door
to keep in the heat.
two hours later, Jean was woken from a
deep sleep by the sound of a ghostly
wailing from downstairs. Apparently, Wolf had made an
executive decision. His people were home
and Babs was an intruder. Every time she
moved towards the kitchen door, he
growled and would not let her pass and so
leave for the comfort of her bed again.
The eerie cries that echoed through the
cold light of dawn were live and real and
was discovered distressed but unharmed
and cuddling a cold hot water bottle,
having locked herself for safety in the
adjacent pantry from where she had
launched her frantic cries for help.
said that the air remained blue with
static for days afterwards. From that day
forward, Babs insisted on an electric
blanket for her bed and never set foot in
the kitchen again after the house was
shut down for the night.
Sagittarius increases the imagination, often the
religious sentiments and higher emotions. It
favours dreams or visions, and inclines strongly
Capricorn tends to lift up the native to give
power, authority, mastery, independence,
ambition, sometimes great selfishness, sometime
loneliness. Its influence will be modified
according to the native's sphere of life. If in
the upper walk of life, it will be likely to make
native self-centred and ambitious. She will love
power and responsibility. If in the lower, bad
tempered, easily roused to anger and lacking in
Saturn in this
sign has an interesting significance. Conception
was in Aries (commencement of Spring) therefore,
the sign Capricorn must stand
for birth, and the ruler of the house of
Capricorn is Saturn, and these signs produce
strong, clearly-marked, well-defined
individuality, with power over herself and over
the world (?). *
This is the reason why so many heroes have been
symbolised as being born at the time of year
signified by Capricorn. (Christmas time).
Capricorn makes the mind grave, more serious and
less buoyant than most of Jupiter's positions. It
is good for money or legacy from the Father and
for the favour and assistance of superiors.
It gives some
measure of power, popularity and success in
public affairs. It gives inclination to
travelling, and it may incline native to
philosophy and learning, also to religion,
although not orthodox.
Mars in Scorpio
is strong, and its influence is fortunate, the
martial ** side of the native is
rendered powerful and determined. There is
executive power, a practical nature, ability to
work and to accomplish much. There is a worldly
matter-of-fact, materialistic tendency, a
liability to some weakness of health in early
life, some accident to an arm, a surgical
operation. The position increases strength and
vitality in adults even to old age, but the
intensity of the martial influence may be too
much during childhood.
the Second World War Babs became an adept
market gardener, administrator and
business woman as well as hosting
refugees and evacuees - both official and
casual - at the family home in
Hertfordshire. She was also involved in
London - and it remained a matter of
pride for her - with the First Aid Nursing
(now the Princess Royal's Volunteer
legacies and gain of money from Father or
marriage partner's relatives.
Venus in Libra
strengthens the better part of the native, it
softens the hard traits of some of the
influences, and gives sympathy and kindliness of
manner. It contributes to sociability and
popularity, gives love of music or fine arts.
favourable for friendships, love and marriage.
association with another, whether friend or
marriage partner. Money from Father or marriage
Virgo makes intellect active and comprehensive;
native learns easily, has a good memory and can
turn studies to account in every day life. Native
is practical and utilitarian; may have to travel
for health at one time in life, and may have too
many irons in the fire for her own good.
the bracket question mark appears
in the original text
in the original, a reader has
pencilled in a reversal mark to
the adjacent letters
"ti" (resolved in the
latter part of the paragraph).
third transcript is by top copy and has
carbon copy. Dated 17th
name is mentioned. Gender: Female.
ascendant is Sagittarius and this degree brings a
more favouable vibration than has been. Native
will take a philosophical view of life. She will
probably take a long journey, or at least have
some foreign travel.
love of freedom and independence will be felt, a
greater respect for true law and she will seek to
know something of religious truths.
aspect to the Moon is weak and denotes little,
but such as it is it is favourable. It brings
some material gain or benefit, but is not very
good for the health, or the health of someone in
the household; not necessarly in the family
circle, but a serious illness is shewn in the
early part of this year which makes Native very
There is an
advent of a new life under this influence, a
quickening of the life forces. Some changes are
denoted, but much depends upon Native's own
mental attitude as to what will be derived.
aspect to Venus; the Native will come into
contact with those to whom she will be drawn in
sympathy and affection. She will enjoy the
blissful feelings of gratified emotions; * she
may either produce or have just brought into the
world a child for her feelings are
much centred about an infant. She will expand,
have greater pleasure in the pursuit of
happiness, all things tending to bring increased
ability to live in the better and more hopeful
and cheerful side of nature. The Native should
make new friends and gain in many ways through
others and through her own attitude toward
denotes marriage or child-birth very often.
aspect to Mercury is blank, to Mars very weak as
it is not quite in aspect, either good or bad.
aspect to Jupiter is unfortunate and will bring
some trying times, some serious illness of
someone in the household, some disappointments,
some legal difficulties. None of these things may
be really connected with the Native, but she will
be obliged to act or decide things. She may be
disappointed about someone, may be disillusioned
about something that will hurt.
avoid excuses of every kind, and maintain as
balanced a state of mind as possible during this
period, even if she finds it a difficult task.
Solar aspect to
Saturn is very weak, almost nil, but it might
cause slight hindrances and delay progress.
be careful of monetary affairs and guard against
fraud; she must keep a tight hold of herself or
she may be a victim of depression at this time,
but it is all weak and uncertain.
There is no
Solar aspect to Uranus, and that to Neptune is
just coming into aspect; it is favourable, a
musical or poetical faculty may be awakened and a
pronounced tendency to mysticism, a refined
sensuousness will be displayed. There should be
some "good luck" at this period.
positions now tend to awaken greater emotions
connected with love affairs or children or
pleasure generally. It gives desires for gambling
or speculation. The Lunar aspect to the Sun is
weak, but the Native should safeguard her health
for it denotes a change in the system and care is
needed while this lasts for there is a tendency
to worry shewn, or Native will be upset by
domestic or household matters.
There are few
Lunar aspects, the one to Venus is not at all
important. There might be a death in the family
circle, but it may pass leaving little
impression. The Native should be careful in all
dealings with opposite sex at this time however.
aspect to Uranus will produce a sudden and
unforseen change in Native's affairs, either
physically or mentally - her magnetic conditions
will now be such as to cause some peculiar
experiences. She will be romantic. She will be
likely to form sudden attachments. The Native
should beware of doing anything rash or hasty for
this position causes a tendency to impulsive
actions, and her disposition will undergo some
change under this compunction, causing her to
feel more than usually acute.
She may become
more investigating, more intuitive and
impressible. It is really a good time in many
ways, for even if it brings some eerie effects,
it is only to break up existing conditions that
the Native may build anew.
Neptune influence is very uncertain, it might
produce depression or petty annoyances, or some
unpleasant dealings with vulgar persons. This is
nevertheless an aspect that may be taken
advantage of for the reading of mystical and
devotional books. To an every day person little
is likely to result.
left is Joyce (Anstruther) Maxtone Graham (Dame
Eva's daughter - better known as the poet and
writer, Jan Struther, author of "Mrs.
Miniver".). Joyce married Tony Maxtone
Graham in 1923.
birth to her second child, Janet Mary Maxtone Graham on March 24,
1928. It is very possible that this is
Jan Struther's horoscope - which being the case,
it is quite remarkable in its prophecies.
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"Mrs. Miniver" site zone. In that zone
there is also access to details of the absorbing
and sensitive biography
written by Jan Struther's granddaughter, Ysenda
Maxtone Graham. This book was
nominated for the 2002 Whitbread Prize - and
having read the story of her troubled yet
triumphant life, the above horoscope will seem to
reveal its secrets.