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We are saddened to announce the death of Carolyn Peploe on 30 October.

Carolyn was born in London just before the Second World War. She lived with her mother and elder brother, and they made their own entertainment by playing 3-handed Bridge. By the late 50s she was playing rubber bridge at Brendan’s Club in London where she met the top players of the day, including Terence Reese and John Collings. She met husband Charles on the ski slopes and they settled in Edinburgh where she soon became an integral part of the bridge scene. 

After a terrible accident in the mid-70s Carolyn nearly died but fought back by sheer strength of will and a determination to play top-level bridge again. She represented Scotland in the Lady Milne twice,  with Kathy Copley and Veronica Guy; and with Veronica played in the Scottish Women’s Team at the European Championships in Malmo in 2004. She became a Grand Master in 2001.

Carolyn played her part in bridge administration. She was a member of the East District Committee in the 1980s and 90s, taking on the thankless job of League Secretary. She was Secretary to the Carlton Bridge Club for several years.

Carolyn was a fine player, perhaps underrated because she was that rare type of partner, one prepared to take the blame for every bad result. She struggled with ill-health and failing eyesight latterly but was always welcome at the table.

We send our condolences to husband Charles and her two sons, Crispin and Fergus.