Jeanie Robertson, entirely fictitious character, born 1947 in Glasgow, daughter of a docker who died when she was 7. Second eldest of six children, Jeanie’s family was split after her father’s death left her mother destitute. She and two of her siblings were boarded out, fostered by crofting families in the Highlands. Jeanie left school at 15 but hankers after a career in astronomy. She hopes that one day she may find her youngest sister, Violet.