"The children were conducted thither in carts...and on arrival were heartily welcomed by the Aithernie ladies.... The children were handsomely treated with a liberal supply of tarts, cookies, &tc which they seemed to enjoy heartily. Many and varied also were the amusements provided for them, with suitable rewards for the winners of the various games. After enjoying themselves thus for several hours, they marched in order through the garden, admiring very much as they went the beautiful flower pots, so artistically arranged and neatly kept, and looking so beautiful at this season of the year, and arranged themselves in front of the house where they sang some nice hymns....and before leaving gave three lusty cheers for Miss Haymes and her kindness and liberality in providing them with such a rare treat as they had enjoyed that day."
In the book 'The East Neuk of Fife: It's History and Antiquities', it is said that Margaret "just lived to see the ruin of Aithernie, which her extravagance and folly had brought on, for the laird was a good-natured man, and would deny her nothing. They both died leaving their family in penury."