Mary Midwood is the daughter of the Midwood family, owners of a photography business on the South Shore at Ramsey from 1880 until 1948. The Midwoods were at the centre of Ramsey life throughout Mary’s childhood in the 1920s and 30s. The family also ran the Laureston boarding house on the North Shore, which was commandeered as a part of the Mooragh Internment Camp during WWII. The Midwoods were friends with the Manx dialect poet, Kathleen Faragher. This connection led to Mary featuring in at least one of Faragher’s poems, and also her inheriting some of Faragher’s manuscripts after her death.