Jennie's memorial grove
Jennifer Helen Brown (neé Mallan) Newlands, Glasgow

Jennie grove

At thirty one years of age our loving, caring, beautiful, intelligent Jennie passed away, with total and dreadful unexpectedness, in her sleep, on the 24th July 2006 (the first birthday of her little boy, Thomas) at Van Mildert College, University of Durham. Jennie was there participating on a residential week study course, as part of the Psychology degree with the Open University, upon which she was engaged.

The truly loved wife of Lindsay, adored mummy of Thomas, cherished daughter of Helen and Peter Mallan, dear sister of John, and beloved aunt of Heather, our dearest Jennie's departure has left a huge void in all our lives.

Jennie was a musician. She played flute with the Glasgow Wind Band, and flute was her 1st study instrument throughout her studies for B.Ed (Hons) Music degree, which she gained from Aberdeen in 1998. She also had a beautiful soprano voice, and sang with the junior section of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra choir, and, later, with the Glasgow Lyric Choir. In addition, she played piano, recorder and guitar.

After her probationary teaching period was completed with Glasgow Education Department she travelled solo around the world for two and half years, taking music with her, and sharing it with children and young people wherever she went France, Germany, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa. Jennie was a superb teacher, one who encouraged her pupils to achieve their full potential. She had high standards. She expected much, but she also gave much. Those who knew her within teaching spoke of her being popular, a good mixer, willing to go the extra mile, enthusiastic, a woman of absolute integrity and considerable inner strength, sensitive and selfless. All this, and with a ready smile which endeared her to all.

As Jennie was in her profession, so was she in life. Consistent in character, thoughtful, helpful, someone who, when she began something always went on to complete it; a girl with a kind and caring heart, a good sense of humour and a beautiful smile.

All that she was caught the attention of Lindsay, and when she returned from her world travels in June 2002, their friendship quickly grew to much more, and on Christmas Eve 2002 they were officially engaged.

The travelling continued, but now with Lindsay at her side. A trekking holiday in Alaska where they camped in the wild, climbed a glacier field, went whale watching, enjoyed sea kayaking and white water rafting, took a sea plane into the Chugach Mountains all in a day's work for a woman who had scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef and sky dived in New Zealand.

Throughout all her travels Jennie's love for her native land never wavered. She was a deeply patriotic Scot. To paraphrase the song that her singer father made so famous, "These were her mountains". The preservation of Scotland and her heritage was important to Jennie. This grove of trees is a fitting tribute to that vision. Her final resting place is on the enchanted Eildon Hills of the Border region.

During most of her teaching career Jennie had shown a particular interest in working with pupils with special needs. Even before she had completed her studies she had worked with adults with learning difficulties in camps in the USA. She worked in many schools specializing in pupils with physical, mental or behavioural problems. On her return to Scotland she started working full time at Kennyhill School in the East end of Glasgow. This school worked with pupils with moderate learning difficulties and emotional, social and behavioural problems. Many came from difficult backgrounds. Jennie achieved many great things with these pupils. Her belief that music can enhance the development of all people was evident in her enthusiasm and her popularity at the school. It was her desire to further help vulnerable children and young people that motivated her to continue her studies onto Psychology.

In June 2004, Lindsay and Jennie were married in Mearns Kirk, Newton Mearns a joyful day for all concerned. Via Los Angeles and Las Vegas, an idyllic honeymoon in Hawaii followed, which included a helicopter ride over volcanoes, and a submarine trip into the reefs, as well as enjoying Waikiki Beach. A visit to Pearl Harbour followed and then the return journey began. Stop overs in San Francisco and New York allowed them to enjoy cable car rides, Alcatraz and an always to be remembered carriage ride round Central Park, albeit in Scottish style pouring rain.

A week's holiday three months later saw them in Sicily exploring the sites and artefacts of historical interest from the Greek and Roman civilizations, and, of course, climbing Mount Etna.

Hogmanay was celebrated on the Champs Elysees in true Parisian style, and Jennie made the time, with Lindsay, to place a rose at Chopin's final resting place.

Thomas Dale Rutherford Brown was born on the 24th July 2005 and Jennie and Lindsay's cup of happiness was running over. Jennie was an adoring and wonderful mother, calm and serene. All Thomas' needs and requirements were attended to with the greatest love, and his developmental progress aided by Jennie's meticulous attention. He benefited from massage classes, signing classes (to help communication prior to speech) , swimming classes, play groups, and, three times a week, nursery school, to help social interaction, and also to allow Jennie study time for her Psychology degree.

Nothing that might be of benefit to Thomas was overlooked. Time with books, toys, music, trips to the park to feed the ducks, organic foods with lots of vegetables and fruit whatever Thomas needed Jennie and Lindsay provided, with their deepest love.

In July 2006, Jennie and Lindsay were delighted when a second pregnancy was confirmed. They eagerly anticipated a companion for Thomas, possibly a sister to be named Imogen Helen.

Thomas, fortunately, (if the word "fortunate" can be applied anywhere in this tragedy) was just too young for the full sadness of the situation to impact too much. He was a quieter little boy for a couple of weeks, and pointed at pictures of his Mummy enquiringly, but is fortunate to have a wonderful Daddy, who had always shared the caring of him with Jennie, and who loves him more than anything else in the world. He also has doting Grandparents who would do anything for him, Uncle Johnny close at hand, and a supportive circle of excellent friends and family.

And so he grows, a happy, sturdy little fellow, with a sunny disposition, and a smile that melts hearts. May it always be so!

"He is the smallest thief in the world", says his Papa Mallan. "He steals hearts!"

And each year, on his birthday, we will remember our darling girl with full hearts. And in our hearts, too, a commitment to Thomas, renewed each 24th July that we, who have the privilege of helping and guiding him through his formative years, will help him to achieve the same high standards of behaviour and character that his mother so gently and beautifully showed throughout her life honour, integrity, patience, kindness, courage.

May we find the strength to achieve the same high standards ourselves, and lead him, lovingly and by example, to manhood.

Click the play button below to hear the song sung for Jennie
by her father, Scottish tenor Peter Mallan.

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Words by Leigh Hunt (1784 - 1859)
Music by Peter Mallan (1934 - 2014)

In the early years of the nineteenth century, the great Scottish philosopher and writer, Thomas Carlyle, moved from Edinburgh to London with his wife Jane, and took his place among the literary illuminati of this fecund time.

In 1835, the poet Leigh Hunt visited the Carlyles at their home in Chelsea. He was so moved by the kiss of welcome given to him by Jenny (Carlyle’s pet name for his wife) that he presented her, a day or two later, with a little poem – a poem timelessly, trenchantly, and touchingly lovely, regarding the import of that kiss.

And so, influenced by that poem, our Jennie was named; our Jennie, whose kiss was every bit as inspirational to those of us who had the privilege of knowing her and loving her, as was the original, written over a century earlier.

We were honoured, Jennie, to have stewardship of you during your time in this mortal world. Thank you for your gift of love, and for the sunshine you brought to the lives of so many. And for the legacy of Thomas, child of yours, and of your dearly loved and devoted husband, Lindsay.

Peter and Helen Mallan

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Donated by Luana and Brian McKenna

18th August 2016

With thanks for wonderful music on a sad occasion. Thanks, Jenny, for your great mum and brother.

Donated by Jean Byrne

11th July 2016

For Jennie

Donated by sakina

27th May 2016

Donated by Kirkhill Primary School, Newton Mearns

7th July 2015

Donated by David and Jacqueline Kerr

7th July 2015

To Thomas, from Cristiana McLaughlin (neé McKenna)

Jennie and I were at Holyrood Secondary together. She was in the year above me, in my big brother Christopher's class, but we became friendly when I took up the flute. Jennie was always smiley, kind, well spoken, sympathetic and considerate. I never heard her utter a bad word about anyone. She was a fantastic flute player and was always modest about her talents. This modesty was even more apparent when I met Jennie years later at Tots and Toddlers. Most Thursdays we would have coffee after the class but it was only at her funeral that I found out about all her travels and adventures over the years. We were too busy usually, chatting about the organic mush she was planning to give you for lunch! Jennie was a doting and adoring mother and that was clear to everyone around. You were always smiling when you were in her arms.

Donated by Christiana McKenna/ McLaughlin

16th April 2015

Donated by Cristiana and Martin McLaughlin

11th December 2014

From Eddie Doran

Donated by Eddie Doran

Donated by Fergus Ewing

Donated by Archie R Murray

For dearest Jennie, and for Scotland, with love. Amanda Johnstone

Donated by Amanda Johnstone

Donated by Jean Ghaznavi

Donated by Yla Steven

Donated by Rosina Lamont

Donated by Ccile Docherty


Donated by Edward Joffe

Donated by John Beattie

Donated by James Anderson

Donated by Yvonne Wallace

26th May 2014

To the memory of such a short yet full life.

Donated by John MacCalman

26th May 2014

Both Jenny and Richard would have wished you well for your 80th birthday Peter, and your 50th wedding anniversary, Helen and Peter. We add our ever Evie, Graham and the Teasdale Gang. xxx

Donated by Evelyn Teasdale

26th May 2014

Donated by Hazel & Tawata Hacaambwa

26th May 2014

We feel as if we know you Jennie through the loving and long-lasting memory of your parents Helen & Peter. Look down on them and keep them safe. With kindest regards from Les & Ana Hendren

Donated by Les Hendren

26th May 2014

This is in memory Jennie whom we met in New York with Helen and Peter. We have not yet met Thomas, but we follow his progress through Helen. We know he is his own man, but he is also Jennie's legacy. All our love to Jennie's wonderful family. Knut, Susan and Aidan Hoff

Donated by Knut, Susan and Aidan Hoff

26th May 2014

In memory of a very special girl

Donated by John R WARK

26th May 2014

In memory of you Jennie. You've made life more cherished for those who knew you and lost you. The most special gift you left behind is Thomas, a very special young man. Your trees are full of life and a lovely, giving way to remember you,

Donated by Trina and Mike Marshall

26th May 2014

I so very well recall playing JENNY KISSED ME on Radio Clyde sung of course by Peter and asking about why this poem/song was on his album ! And he explained. We are very moved .

Donated by Iain anderson

26th May 2014

From the Heyes family who will all be remembering Jennie's 40th birthday on the 5th Sept

Donated by J G Heyes

In memory of Jennie. Love from Jane, Paul, Rebecca and Nicholas Hammett

Donated by Jane Hammett

23rd May 2014

With love and happy memories of a talented and beautiful girl Michael and Carol

Donated by Michael and Carol Plowman

Donated by James Nairn

19th May 2014

Lovely Jennifer your beautiful smile has never faded

Donated by isabelle & Bill Wilson

19th May 2014

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Jennie's birth. She made the world a richer place forever. From cousins Janet and Mike Wright, Justin and Daniel.

Donated by Janet Wright

19th May 2014

Jen -- you are missed….with love from your Connecticut cousins.

Donated by Sally Mabry

19th May 2014

Hope Thomas will follow in your footsteps.

Donated by Ken & Christine Murchies

19th May 2014

Donated by David McGregor

19th May 2014

In loving memory of Jennie from Ida and Peter Laurie.

Donated by Peter Laurie

16th May 2014

For Jennie with Love - Irene

Donated by Irene Diven

15th May 2014

We never had the pleasure of meeting you Jennie, but we were able to appreciate all that you did, through your caring parents, Peter & Helen. Esma & Robbie Shepherd

Donated by Robbie Shepherd

Donated by Keith and Joyce

Donated by Catriona Fox

Remembered fondly as a great source of pride to your Mum and Dad.

Donated by Jim and Pauline McGuckien

12th May 2014

Remembering Jennie - to plant a tree is to know the eternal treasure that is life.

Donated by Eileen & Brian Parr/Gibson

12th May 2014

For Jennifer and her very special family... Jennifer Mallan Brown, cruelly taken away so young, her son Thomas, and husband Lindsay. But also for Helen and Peter Mallan, her mother and father, part of that family, and truly special in every way. Alex and Anna Dickson

Donated by Alex and Anna Dickson

30th April 2014

Donated by Janet Crean

For memories of Jennifer

Donated by Trisha Millar

Donated by Ailie Winning

23rd April 2014

For Jennie who was an inspiration to all of us who loved her and miss her sorely.

Donated by MOIRA McLEAN

17th April 2014

In Loving Memory of Jennifer Mallan Brown and her Grandparents Mary and Joseph Dale

Donated by Ian and Graham Warwick

In loving memory of Jennie, from Garry and Judy

Donated by Garry Lee

14th April 2014


4th April 2014

Dear Jennie, I will always love you.

Donated by John Joseph Mallan

31st March 2014

In memory of Jennie with our love.

Donated by Caroline Scott

27th March 2014

Donated by Mrs Margaret Cumming

I remember hiking with Jennie, her brother John and her mother Helen along the West Highland Way in 1988. It is a cherished memory. Miss you Jennie...

Donated by John-Joseph van Haelewyn

31st December 2013

Donated by Donald and Margaret MacMillan

24th June 2011

We never had the pleasure to meet you, but we knew of you through your father. God Bless your Family.

Donated by Elizabeth Cunningham

11th April 2011

Jennie, May your spirit live on. Cheers, JJ, John, Chester and Max

Donated by John-Joseph van Haelewyn

7th April 2011

From Thomas

Donated by Lindsay Brown

21st February 2011

In loving and lasting memory of my only niece, dearest Jennie. How proud you made me every time you called me Uncle. With fondest remembrances of a beautiful spirit. Kyle McCallum

Donated by Mr Kyle McCallum

11th January 2011

"I look at the photos of Jennie's engagement party. We were smiling. I remember our conversations on the phone. We were laughing. Then last night, my mother called. I was crying. Simon"

7th February 2011

Thomas looks just like you...Love The Fooks Family

Donated by Simon J Fooks,

24th July 2010

9th April 2007

In Memory of the remarkable Jennie; to know her was to love, admire and respect her. She will live forever in so many hearts.

Donated by Moira, Donnie and Auntie Jessie

24th July 2010

Hope the donation makes a difference.

Donated by Nicola and Natalie Stirrat

24th July 2010

Her wisdom has taught me so much. She touched everyone here in New York. Thank God that He gave us the chance to meet even thought we lived a world away. Mke sure Thomas knows what a terrific, loving and caring Mum he had! Know she is smiling down and watching us!"

Donated by Lia Ranucci Miele

24th July 2010

Jennie will always live in my heart as an unfailing friend. Every memory of her conjures her radiant smile, and her mischievous sense of humour. She is sorely missed. God bless Thomas and all her family.

Donated by Helena

24th July 2010

In memory of Jennie from her cousins across the sea.

Donated by Ian S Sanderson

24th July 2010

For our beloved Jennie

Donated by Evan and Fonta

24th July 2010

Jennie was a lovely, delicate, ethereal young woman and strong and focused. All tied together with silk. She was loved and cherished all her life.We had wonderful times with her here in Santa Rosa CA.

Jennie has left a lasting legacy in her lovely wee Thomas. And now this memorial grove will keep her in our thoughts always. As the wind whispers through the aspen leaves we will hear Jennie sing again.

Donated by Ed and Moira

20th July 2010

She was a queen of noble Nature's crowning,
A smile of hers was like an act of grace...
A clear, cool kindliness, a lunar beam,
Of peaceful radiance, silvering o'er the stream
Of human thought with unabiding glory;
Not quite a waking truth, not quite a dream,
A visitation, bright and transitory.
(Hartley Coleridge (1796 - 1849)

The above poem is a fitting tribute to our beautiful Jennie, who was taken from us, prematurely, on July 24th 2006.
Sleep Peacefully, Jennie

Donated by Maeve and Jo Seagrave, Menstrie

9th June 2010

We hope that memories of beautiful Jennie will remain bright and strong.

Donated by Alex and Margaret Cumming

11th May 2010

Jennie was such a wonderful, caring and beautiful person.

Donated by Amanda Johnston

9th May 2010

I shall always remember Jennie as a true beauty. Talented and easy to talk to, with a quiet self confidence that was so attractive.

Donated by John Heyes

23rd April 2010

Jennie was popular and much appreciated member of the Glasgow Wind Band.

Donated by Kevin Price

10th March 2010

Jennie was a cheerful and beautiful girl. Let's not for one we lost. Let's be grateful that we knew her.

Donated by Peter Saint

4th January 2010

Everyone who knew her held Jennie in such high esteem that the ripples of her passing will affect so many people.

Donated by Anne Campbell

12th December 2009

She made the most of her wonderful young life.

Donated by Grace Milholm (The Glen Nursery School)

3rd November 2009

Jennie was always a lovely and polite young girl - a joy to have in class.

Donated by Kate Kerr (Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow)

24th September 2009

Jennie was loved by everyone at Kirkhill Primary for her sweet nature and her kindness.

Donated by Maisie Beggs (Kirkhill Primary School)

24th July 2009

A wonderful young woman - spirited and caring.

Donated by Liz and Gavin Powe

22nd July 2009

I will always remember her kindness to me, her intelligence, and her sweet gentle spirit. She derived such enjoyment from life and never passed up an opportunity for adventure.

Donated by John van Haelewyn (Washington D.C.)

10th June 2009

A dear, dear friend who I miss every day but I know that in years to come, Jennie's cheeky laugh will echo through the trees...

A Celtic Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Donated by Sarah xxx

28th May 2009

This extraordinary memorial speaks of Jennie and her love for Scotland and all living things.

Donated by Ben and Suzanne Van Vechten Wilton, Connecticut

4th April 2009

Everyone who knew Jennie loved her. Her whole face lit up when she smiled. She was so warm and caring... Such a loving happy family.

Donated by Veronica Nicol

18th February 2009

My last memory of Jennie is her dancing round with Lindsay at their wedding looking beautiful and all the while her lovely bright spirit shining through.

Donated by Loretta Boyd

1st December 2008

We will never forget Jennie.

Donated by Helen Glendenning

19th November 2008

I remember the first time I saw Jennie - a lovely wee lass with a beautiful twinkle in her eyes. She peeped mischievously through her Mum and Dad's knees... We only had that light for 31 years, but light never dims, and we will see it again.

Donated by Helen Gow

30th October 2008

I will always remember Jennie's lovely, caring and friendly nature, making me feel welcome at all family occasions.

Donated by Sian Heyes

5th August 2008

Thinking of Jennie and her family on the anniversary of her passing.

Donated by her cousins in Virginia

24th July 2008

I think Jennie watches her beloved little son from "the other side of the path" like a guardian angel.

Donated by Elizabeth and Simon Reichl

24th July 2008

Donated by From Sinclair Nursery Glasgow

24th July 2008

A very dear friend who always had time to encourage me when my confidence was low. Thanks Jennie. On the last night we spent together, Jennie looked so beautiful and was so happy and full of fun. That is how I will always remember her, living every minute of every day to the full. How I miss our wee chats.

Donated by Ann Marie

24th July 2008

Jenny was so beautiful, intelligent and caring. Totally selfless in every way- a truly unique quality. I knew Jennie since we were children and her loss leaves such a deep hole in my heart.The trees will keep her in my thoughts always- I will never forget her.
Always in my thoughts.

Donated by Amanda Johnstone

24th July 2008

For Thomas in memory of his beautiful mother

Donated by Liz and Andy McDougall

24th July 2008

For Jennie - a flower, and a symbolic tree, of Scotland.

Donated by Jean Gowans

24th July 2008

The lasting memory of Jennie that will remain with us forever is her delightful friendly personality and of course that infectious and wonderful smile that always greeted us each time we met her.

Donated by Stuart and Sheila

20th July 2008

In memory of quiet and gentle Jennie.

Donated by Heather, Alan, Kevin, Stephen and Michael Jones.

10th July 2008

Jennie was the epitome of goodness, grace and kindness. This was so obvious in the time we spent with her; the way she treated people, and her life's noble goals.

Remembering Jennie.

Donated by Linda and Tom Culshaw.

30th June 2008

Jennie was a peaceful dove, and is now in Heaven with God's angels. God bless Thomas, her little boy, and Lindsay, her husband.

Donated by Marika de Pettes

11th June 2008

It was a pleasure and a privilege to teach you the flute. Hope you're still practising up in Heaven!

Donated by David Benedict

17th April 2008

Proceeds of the memorial concert "Songs for Jennie"

Donated by A Collection

2nd January 2008

Collection at Christmas Concert

Donated by Glasgow Wind Band

15th December 2007

Jennie is fondly remembered in The Gordon Schools, Huntly, where she was a student teacher in the late 1990s. Her lovely personality shone through in all that she did. Pupils were particularly sad to see her leave and she was presented with cards and gifts in recognition of her interest in youngsters and her love of music. This is a fitting and enduring tribute to her. Kindest regards.

Donated by John Swan, former Rector, on behalf of staff and pupils at The Gordon Schools, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

28th July 2007

Your spirit lives on, giving much happiness. Thinking of you,

Donated by Catriona and Mike xx

27th July 2007

Jennie tought beside me in the Music Dept. She was a fun personality-always lots of laughter.

Donated by A. Manghan

25th July 2007

How much people thought of Jennie- how well she was loved !

Donated by Jennifer, Glen, Mairead

25th July 2007

Jennifer was a beautiful girl with a lovely caring nature.

Donated by Rita and Ian Gordon

24th July 2007

I have so many lovely memories of Jennie - sleepovers and parties at the house, and at Faskally with the school orchestra. I sat next to Jennie in Geography and we used to giggle our way through the lessons. I will always remember her as a happy, giggly person!

Donated by Kathleen W.

24th July 2007

She was such a lovely girl - fun memories of orchestra and great parties!

Donated by Kirstie B.

24th July 2007

She was one of my best friends … always there for me when I needed her.

Donated by Annmarie

24th July 2007

The eulogies at her service were a great tribute to her. Why, oh why, snatched away?

Donated by Barbara

24th July 2007

As part of our ongoing effort to support Trees for Life, a Hectare of the Dundreggan estate has been sponsored in Jennie's name. The hope is that eventually this estate will be linked to our original memorial grove. The sponsoring of a hectare gives us the rights of being a Trees for Life "champion". The privileges of being a champion will be held by Thomas.

Donated by Lindsay Brown

24th July 2007

We hope to be able to visit Jennie's grove some day and remember her voice and her laughter.

Donated by JJ van Haelewyn, John Nguyen and Chester (Washington, DC)

24th July 2007

The Right Reverend R. Selby Wright (1908 - 1995) was minister of Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, for 40 years. Educated at Edinburgh Academy, Melville College and Edinburgh University, he was a Senior Chaplain during the war in the Middle East, and became known as the Radio Padre with an estimated congregation of over ten million by 1944. Subsequently, despite many high profile appointments, including Chaplain to the Queen (1963 - 1978) and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, (1972 - 1973) he continued to do sterling work during his ongoing ministry in Canongate Kirk, particularly with the young people of the parish.

We recently came across a prayer of encouragement of his which we found particularly moving:

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men and women.
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers;
pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle.
But you shall be a miracle.
Every day you will wonder at the richness of life
which has come to you through the grace of God.

Selby Wright was known as a "great encourager". For Jennie, herself a "great encourager", we are sure this prayer would have had significant resonance. It certainly does for us.

Donated by Peter and Helen Mallan

11th April 2007

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