I am reasonably sure that the Mrs. Alex Maitland referred to in this news item was Mary Grieves Oliphant Maitland, my great-great grandmother. The year is certainly correct as Mary was married to Alex Maitland on March 4, 1865. By 1872, she had borne 4 children, so she must have been one busy lady! It's nice to know that your ancestor was competent at a time with few of the amenities we have today.
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