I was born, weighing seven pounds, on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 1944; hence my name. My mother had been convinced she was having a boy and had thought of me as Michael for nine months, so as she had put no thought into girls’ names, I was called Patricia Anne.
Pattie was born in Taunton, Somerset, England. Her father Colin Ian Langdon Boyd – known as Jock – and Diana Frances Drysdale. Jock was an RAF officer who was 23 when he met 17-year-old Diana in early 1942.