Jennifer Helen Brown (neé Mallan) Newlands, Glasgow
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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.

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.

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Still miss you every day, Jennie xxx
Donated by Sarah x
On what would have been our 15th Wedding Anniversary
Donated by Lindsay
Jennie and I studied music together at Northern College, Aberdeen in the mid nineties. Jennie was a lovely person, very kind and always had a smile for everyone. I was so sad when I heard the news.
Donated by Yvonne Stewart
Donated by Patricia
Donated by John-Joseph van Haelewyn and John Nguyen - Washington, DC
Donation in Memoriam of two great Musicians & Teachers, Jennie and her Father, Peter. I had the privilege of being taught by them both, at Ashcraig School
Donated by Linda Bennewith
To My Mum:
So much raised for "Trees for Life"
So much grief is still going on.
No-one will ever forget you. Ever.
With Love,
Thomas D R Brown
From Facebook Fundraiser
Facebook donation
Love you
Donated by Simon Fooks
Donated by John Kerrigan
Donated by Stewarton Academy
Donated by Keith MacDonald
Donated by Tim Niven
Donated by Loys Maingon
Remembering sweet Jennie and also her father.
Donated by Eve-Lynne Gruenberger
I think often of her happy life, filled with joy and love. That's a great blessing and she was fully aware of that.
Donated by Oona Mie
Dear Thomas,

Your mum was so clever - so charming - so gentle. I am your nana's good friend from her school days at Leith Academy, Edinburgh and so I knew your mum for a long time.

While your mum was studying music I asked her if she would like some teaching experience. She said "yes" and on a bitterly cold morning with snow on the ground she arrived at the school where I was working as a Creative Music Specialist. We had a great day and as well as observing, your mum gave a lovely lesson on woodwind instruments, in particular the flute.

Your mum was greatly loved and I know you will be a great ambassador for her and make her proud of you.

Much love, Jean
Donated by Jean
To Jennie From Mary
Donated by Mary Grimes
In remembrance of Jennie and our good friends the Mallans.
Donated by Catherine Van Haelewyn
Jennie was a kind and vibrant young woman. We hope her grove in the Caledonian Forest will thrive as a living legacy to her deep-rooted love of family, friends and her native Scotland. We miss you!
Donated by John-Joseph van Haelewyn and John Nguyen
Donated by Luana and Brian McKenna
With thanks for wonderful music on a sad occasion. Thanks, Jenny, for your great mum and brother.
Donated by Jean Byrne
For Jennie
Donated by Sakina
Donated by Kirkhill Primary School, Newton Mearns
Donated by David and Jacqueline Kerr
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
Donated by Cristiana and Martin McLaughlin
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
To the memory of such a short yet full life.
Donated by John MacCalman
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 everEvie, Graham and the Teasdale
Donated by Evelyn Teasdale
Donated by Hazel & Tawata Hacaambwa
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
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
In memory of a very special girl
Donated by John R WARK
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
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
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
With love and happy memories of a talented and beautiful girl Michael and Carol
Donated by Michael and Carol Plowman
Donated by James Nairn
Lovely Jennifer your beautiful smile has never faded
Donated by isabelle & Bill Wilson
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
Jen -- you are missed….with love from your Connecticut cousins.
Donated by Sally Mabry
Hope Thomas will follow in your footsteps.
Donated by Ken & Christine Murchies
Donated by David McGregor
In loving memory of Jennie from Ida and Peter Laurie.
Donated by Peter Laurie
For Jennie with Love - Irene
Donated by Irene Diven
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
Remembering Jennie - to plant a tree is to know the eternal treasure that is life.
Donated by Eileen & Brian Parr/Gibson
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
Donated by Janet Crean
For memories of Jennifer
Donated by Trisha Millar
Donated by Ailie Winning
For Jennie who was an inspirationto all of us who loved her and miss her sorely.
Donated by MOIRA McLEAN
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
Dear Jennie, I will always love you.
Donated by John Joseph Mallan
In memory of Jennie with our love.
Donated by Caroline Scott
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
Our young flower transcends,
The simple beauty of the rose,
Which just grows.

Our young flower has a beauty,
Not just of form - like a flower,
But of spirit as well,
Which lights our paths.

Quite naturally, we in this home,
Love beauty and Jennie,
They are one and the same.

Dad xx
Donated by Donald and Margaret MacMillan
We never had the pleasure to meet you, but we knew of you through your father. God Bless your Family.
Donated by Elizabeth Cunningham
Jennie, May your spirit live on. Cheers, JJ, John, Chester and Max
Donated by John-Joseph van Haelewyn
From Thomas
Donated by Lindsay Brown
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
"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"
Thomas looks just like you...Love The Fooks Family
Donated by Simon J Fooks,
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
Hope the donation makes a difference.
Donated by Nicola and Natalie Stirrat
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
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
In memory of Jennie from her cousins across the sea.
Donated by Ian S Sanderson
For our beloved Jennie
Donated by Evan and Fonta
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
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
We hope that memories of beautiful Jennie will remain bright and strong.
Donated by Alex and Margaret Cumming
Jennie was such a wonderful, caring and beautiful person.
Donated by Amanda Johnston
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
Jennie was popular and much appreciated member of the Glasgow Wind Band.
Donated by Kevin Price
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
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
She made the most of her wonderful young life.
Donated by Grace Milholm (The Glen Nursery School)
Jennie was always a lovely and polite young girl - a joy to have in class.
Donated by Kate Kerr (Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow)
Jennie was loved by everyone at Kirkhill Primary for her sweet nature and her kindness.
Donated by Maisie Beggs (Kirkhill Primary School)
A wonderful young woman - spirited and caring.
Donated by Liz and Gavin Powe
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.)
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
This extraordinary memorial speaks of Jennie and her love for Scotland and all living things.
Donated by Ben and Suzanne Van Vechten Wilton, Connecticut
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
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
We will never forget Jennie.
Donated by Helen Glendenning
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
I will always remember Jennie's lovely, caring and friendly nature, making me feel welcome at all family occasions.
Donated by Sian Heyes
Thinking of Jennie and her family on the anniversary of her passing.
Donated by her cousins in Virginia
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
Donated by From Sinclair Nursery Glasgow
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
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
For Thomas in memory of his beautiful mother
Donated by Liz and Andy McDougall
For Jennie - a flower, and a symbolic tree, of Scotland.
Donated by Jean Gowans
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
In memory of quiet and gentle Jennie.
Donated by Heather, Alan, Kevin, Stephen and Michael Jones.
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.
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
It was a pleasure and a privilege to teach you the flute. Hope you're still practising up in Heaven!
Donated by David Benedict
Proceeds of the memorial concert "Songs for Jennie"
Donated by A Collection
Collection at Christmas Concert
Donated by Glasgow Wind Band
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.
Your spirit lives on, giving much happiness. Thinking of you,
Donated by Catriona and Mike xx
Jennie tought beside me in the Music Dept. She was a fun personality-always lots of laughter.
Donated by A. Manghan
How much people thought of Jennie- how well she was loved !
Donated by Jennifer, Glen, Mairead
Jennifer was a beautiful girl with a lovely caring nature.
Donated by Rita and Ian Gordon
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.
She was such a lovely girl - fun memories of orchestra and great parties!
Donated by Kirstie B.
She was one of my best friends … always there for me when I needed her.
Donated by Annmarie
The eulogies at her service were a great tribute to her. Why, oh why, snatched away?
Donated by Barbara
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
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)
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