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THE pounds 3M ORPHAN; Will reveals wealth of top store and bakeries owner.

Byline: JUDITH DUFFY

A WOMAN orphaned at the age of five who went on to own one of Scotland's top department stores has left almost pounds 3million in her will.

Ruth Urie was the boss of the famous Daly's department store in Glasgow and the popular City Bakeries chain after inheriting it from her husband.

In its heyday, Daly's was a benchmark for quality, attracting the rich from all over Scotland. It eventually closed in 1977.

Mrs Urie, who worked as a secretary after leaving school, left most of her pounds 2,878,834 to her nephews and nieces.

The countryside lover's last wish was for her ashes to be "scattered on the sea pool falls of the River Shiel as the tide goes out".

Born in 1928, she experienced the tragedy of losing both parents before she reached school age.

But despite this setback, she went on to become one of Scotland's richest women.

At his home in Ballindalloch, Banffshire, her nephew Kenneth Lawson, 40, told yesterday of his aunt's tragic early life and her love of the Scottish countryside.

He said: "My aunt led quite a simple life.

"Her passion was the coutryside and she loved nothing more than walking through the woods at Loch Shiel.

"Her mother died shortly after she was born and tragically her father died when she was only five.

"So she was raised by her stepmother.

"Her maiden name was Daly and her family owned the once famous Daly's department store, which sat in Sauchiehall Street for 50 years. When she met her husband, Robert - my uncle - he had already set up the City Bakers chain which was sold in the90s."

Mrs Urie and her husband had spent the latter years of their lives in a modest cottage in the Glasgow suburb of Milngavie.

Neighbours yesterday described her as "a quiet woman" but also as a good neighbour.

One said: "Mrs Urie was a fairly private woman but she always took time to say hello.

"No one that I know from round here had any idea that she was worth so much.

"She kept herself to herself most of the time and appeared to live quite modestly."
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