He was invariably dressed in a suit of the most spotless black, as if going to a dinner party; his white neck-cloth was fresh from the laundress's hands, and his hat shining like a racer's coat.
His father died in 1887, and his mother became a laundress to support her large family.
It is certain that the necessary removal of George Douglas from Lochleven enabled him to devise a method of escape for the prisoner on the 25th of March, 1568, which was frustrated by detection of her white hands under the disguise of a laundress.
Washing was done by hand in the laundry which employed a laundress and four assistants.
The laundress at the Perkins Institution secretly carried her off to give her a bath.