Margaret Mathilda Callum
Only if you want to die.
July 18, 1818
Callum Matriarch, Family Historian
There's a few damaging skeletons in the family closet, but most of the people involved are dead, so...
Irvingly (with great reluctance)
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The Callums are fans of making blatantly outrageous claims about their bloodlines. In their defense, any muggle blood is probably a very small fraction of a percentage point by now.
Paternal Grandmother. Mathilda "Hilda" Callum. 1762-1835.
Paternal Grandfather. Herbert Callum, formerly Fleming. 1753-1802.
---Paternal Aunt. Anne Baird, nee Callum. 1782-18??. Squib. Disowned.
------Married a muggle.
---Paternal Aunt. Agnes Smith nee Callum. 1784-1860.
---Paternal Aunt. Wilhelmina --- nee Callum. 1786-1863.
Maternal Grandmother. Judith Fleming, nee Crowley. 1755-1811.
Maternal Grandfather. Robert Fleming. 1750-1809.
Father. Lennor Callum. 1790-1870.
Mother. Martha Callum, nee Fleming. 1789-1823.
Husband. William Callum, formerly Everett. 1812-1884.
---Son. Antony Callum. b. 1837
---Son. Rupert Callum. b. 1839
---Daughter. Mathilda --- nee Callum. b. 1842
---Daughter. Martha --- nee Callum. b. 1843
---Son. Leopold Callum. b. 1845
---Son. Peter Callum. b. 1847
---Daughter. Ruth --- nee Callum. b. 1850
A few notes: As of 1882, the house in London, at least, is legally hers. For historical record keeping purposes, the Callums only count those born into the family as patriarchs/matriarchs/heads of the family, regardless of who actually has authority. That is, legally a man marrying into the family has authority over his wife and her property, but later generations aren't too bothered about remembering him.
Margaret is getting old, but she is in deliberate denial of this fact, and determined that everyone else should be as well. Her hair remains a stubborn shade of dark brown--helped along by a few well-placed charms--and she is an obsessive adherent to the Church of Whatever Spells and Potions Will Make Her Look Younger. Results tend to vary depending on what she tries, so from one day to the next she might look more or less wrinkled. Her eyes are brown, and only hidden behind spectacles when she is alone, as she does not like to indulge her poor eyesight. She stands at precisely five feet three inches, and keeps her back as straight as her stays will allow it, seeing as how, left naturally, her spine has begun to take on a rather unsightly curve. She is right handed, and as far as she is concerned, would use her right hand regardless of what came naturally because, frankly, left handedness is unseemly.
Pre-Birth. Hilda Callum was nothing if not one to plan ahead. Far, far ahead. As the heiress to a very respectable fortune--if not particularly respected name, a thing she would insist could be easily changed--she could afford to be a bit choosy. Not terribly choosy, but she was nineteen, and had already had the embarrassment of her younger sister snagging a husband before her. Hilda took little comfort in the knowledge that it might have been a tad rushed. Still, she set her sights on Flemings--pureblood, wealthy, not particularly well-connected, but again, minor details. The eldest son would have been best, of course, but he was married already. Still, he'd been married several years and still had no children--that was promising. So instead, Hilda set her sight on the younger son, who would be next in line, was easily mold-able, and looking for a wife with money, anyway.
Far too many years later, Hilda was widowed, had a son she desperately needed married off--to someone sensible, for heaven's sake--and her brother-in-law was in possession of both a widowed daughter for an only child, and some unfortunate disease that laid him on his death bed. There, Hilda goaded him into betrothing his daughter to her son and, one short year later--when the lady in question was just barely out of mourning for her late father--the two were married.
1818. After eight interminably long years, Margaret is born the first--and last--child of Lennor and Martha Callum. Her birth is attended by her grandmother, who takes one look at her and promptly says "well, there's always next time." She speaks prematurely.
1822. Margaret shows her first sign of magic when she levitates and hurls one of her birthday presents at one of the servants. The present in question wasn't the doll she wanted.
1823. Martha dies of a sudden illness in the spring. Margaret is distraught, though in all honesty, she hardly ever saw her mother. As it happens, she effectively loses both parents in this year, as her grandmother arrives to take her away to Callum House. Her father visits when he remembers to, which isn't often. Or when he can't stand Hilda's harrassment any longer over not visiting, which is far more frequent, but still not terribly often.
1823-1829. Margaret spends this period under the tutelage of her grandmother, which mostly involves how to run the estate, as it becomes increasingly clear that Lennor has no plans to marry again when the Callums are perfectly happy to pass things off to daughters--at least when there are no legitimate sons in the picture. Or even illegitimate ones, in this case.
1827. Not wishing to repeat history, Hilda--with Lennor's consent--arranges a betrothal between Margaret and Mr. William Everett.
1829. Margaret leaves for Hogwarts. She is, to her great delight, sorted into Slytherin, though the hat briefly considers Ravenclaw. Margaret adapts well to school life, finding a particular interest in History of Magic.
1831. For her third year, Margaret chooses Ancient Studies and Ghoul Studies as her electives.
1833. Margaret is pleased to discover she has been made prefect. Pleased, but not terribly surprised, as she secretly finds most of her yearmates to be dull-witted. Clearly, there was no competition.
1834. Having achieved excellent marks in all of the classes that mean anything, Margaret chooses to continue on with History of Magic, Ancient Studies, Charms and Transfiguration at the NEWT level.
1835. Hilda's health having declined dramatically during the early part of this year, it is decided that Margaret will not return to Hogwarts for her seventh year, but will instead remain at home to care for her ailing grandmother. It's deemed just as well, seeing as how Margaret doesn't really require NEWTs to be a housewife. Hilda dies in September, mere days after the school term would have started anyway. Lennor soon moves into the house, which causes tension between father and daughter. Thankfully, they are not forced to remain together long.
1836. Out of mourning, Margaret marries William Everett. As the requirements for the heir(ess) require a Callum to inherit, the pair opt to keep that name. Although, technically, whatever Margaret inherited would technically belong to her husband. Still, Callum inheritances were rather finicky about these things--there were all sorts of rules that had little to do with the law, and more to do with the preservation of the bloodline.
1837. Margaret gives birth to a son, whom she names Antony, after the family patriarch who originally acquired Callum House.
1839. Margaret gives birth to another son, Rupert. She is quite pleased to have already proven herself more capable of child-bearing than her parents. Her father is not amused by her subtle hints at this when he visits.
1842. This year sees Antony's first sign of magic and a third child, this time a daughter, Mathilda. Also, by now Margaret has discovered that the life of a socialite isn't quite as interesting as she thought it would be. Seeing as how it wouldn't do at all for a woman of her station to have employment, and seeing as how she can neither stand the company of others for long stretches of time, nor the presence of the lower classes--ruling out all social hobbies and charity--Margaret instead turns to her fondness of history and soon immerses herself in the subject.
1843. Scarcely a year after the last, Margaret gives birth to a second daughter, whom she somewhat reluctantly names Martha, as William seems to have more interest in making children than naming them. Or at the very least can't be bothered to argue when his wife doesn't seem to care for his first suggestions.
1845. Leopold is born. Margaret briefly considers naming him Lennor, but changes her mind at the last moment to annoy her father. He doesn't actually say anything, but Margaret is sure that he is annoyed. Certainly she would be.
1846. Having grown tired of reading about the exploits of other families, Margaret begins researching Callums in particular. She has grown up hearing about their impressive bloodlines and great tales of the deeds of Callums past, but this hardly seems to matter to current affairs. So, she begins researching, determined to bring to light the glories of the past that are surely greater than any other family's.
1847. Peter is born. The day is dreary and cold and the beginning of labor pains interrupts a very interesting book. As a result, Margaret always likes Peter a bit less. Also, she swears that he's uglier and louder than the others had been, a fact which ought to justify things.
1848. Antony leaves for Hogwarts.
1850.Ruth is born and is a relatively easy baby, making her marginally more tolerable than Peter. It also helps that Margaret informs William that, if he would like more children, he will have to make due some other way. She is perfectly content to never know if he ever does this. Or if he is too horrified by her suggestion. Either way, he leaves her alone, and she's quite happy with that.
1851. Having a late birthday, a nearly twelve year old Rupert leaves for Hogwarts.
1852. Margaret has made great progress in discovering that the Callums are mostly populated dishonest sorts, though they are far and away better than the unfortunate number of relatives who made poor marital decisions. She is relieved to discover that such people were either disowned or, at the very least, are not her direct ancestors.
1853. Mathilda leaves for Hogwarts. Margaret comments on how pleasant it is when the house is so quiet.
1854. Martha leaves for Hogwarts. Margaret begins poking around for possible betrothals for her children, but doesn't turn up much luck.
1855. Antony graduates from Hogwarts. Margaret hits a road block in her research when she realizes that the family history trail ends abruptly in the late fourteenth century, which, frankly, can't be right at all, because some of those outlandish tales have dates that are much, much older. Margaret is more than willing to accept school records are just wrong somehow than she is to accept anything else. Denial continues for an embarrassingly long time to come.
1856. Leopold leaves for Hogwarts.
1858. Rupert graduates from Hogwarts. Margaret accepts defeat as she is a failure at arranging marriages. Instead, she bullies her sons into going after the best positions they can possibly find. This becomes her mission especially when it becomes clear that her father has no intention of dying any time soon, which means it will be a very long time indeed before her heir can expect to live off the family fortune.
Peter leaves for Hogwarts. Margaret is pleased indeed.
1860 Mathilda graduates and, like a good daughter, meets a respectable gentleman at the Coming Out Ball and is married before the year is out.
1861 Martha graduates. She is not married before the year is out, and quite frankly Margaret doesn't know why she even tries. Ruth leaves for Hogwarts.
1862. Martha remains unmarried, clearly out of pure spite.
1863. Leopold graduates from Hogwarts. Martha marries at last, thankfully, as Margaret was on the verge of considering allowing her daughter to marry a half-blood--one with two magical parents, of course, she did have some standards--if she reached the advanced age of one-and-twenty. Thankfully, such madness never comes to pass.
1865. A dire year indeed. First, Ruth is pulled from school as there are some horrifying whispers about what sorts of people she is associating with. Luck is on their side for once in these matters, though, and someone suitable is found to take the girl off their hands. Unfortunately, Ruth is quickly replaced by the return of Peter, who graduates from Hogwarts in the spring. Still, there is a silver lining--he soon finds suitable employment, and leaves home to move into a flat of his own.
1866. Horrors never cease. After long denial, Margaret is forced to admit that the road block she hit in her research is less because of a few centuries worth of bad record keeping and more because her ancestors are filthy liars. Also French. Also less pure than they claimed to be. Also not named "Callum," which was apparently a stolen name from a line that died out very long ago. On the bright side, by 1866, it is a very, very old lie, and whatever muddiness there was hidden in the depths of history was well diluted by now. Still, just to be safe, Margaret buries those secrets and never tells another soul.
1870. Lennor finally dies, though not after nature tries to kill him several times over the previous decade with whatever illness happens to be in vogue at the time. Consumption is finally what gets him in the end.
1871. Margaret publishes A Callum Family History, a book which no one but the family reads, but it isn't as though she needs the money. It is, of course, the very much abridged version.
1872-1876. Not very much happens, really, except that Margaret begins immediately making edits and tweaks to her book, presumably with the intention of publishing a second edition that no one wants.
1877. Upheaval. Upheaval everywhere. The Callums move to Hogsmeade, though they retain their house in London, because, well, it's quite nice, and frankly there are charms on it that none of the living occupants know how to replicate, but which might come in handy.
1881. The second edition that no one asked for does indeed get published. Not even family reads it. Margaret retains two copies--one for the house in Hogsmeade, and one for the house in London. She can't be bothered to remember to pack it when she goes between the two for any reason, it's best to keep two copies.
1884. This year is terrible. Just downright awful. The family manages to avoid the plague, but lose the Hogsmeade house to fire. For some stupid reason, William, in an unusual fit of realizing he has actual authority over such matters, announces that, instead of rebuilding, they will move to Irvingly. Margaret is horrified by the prospect of having to live amongst muggles, but is mollified by the reminder that Irvingly is smaller, and that she hasn't grown to hate its residents yet--the magical ones, anyway. Of course, it's all well and good for William to make such decisions, as it turns out he doesn't have to deal with their consequences for very long. Two weeks before Christmas, he catches a nasty chill and promptly dies.
1885. Currently, Margaret spends her days enjoying her right to be a rather unpleasant old woman. When she gets bored, she meddles in her children's affairs. She is still too annoyed at her late husband to privately grieve him too much, but she does miss him. A bit. If someone catches her at the right moment, she might even admit that he wasn't too bad, really. Also that she is grateful he picked such a late stage in life to die, as she feels no obligation to remarry.
Sample Roleplay Post:
- Going a wee bit senile
- Average intelligence
- Still thinks she's smarter than everyone else, though.
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