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Balfour [née Campbell], Lady Frances (1858–1931), suffragist leader and churchwoman, was born at Argyll Lodge, Kensington, London, on 22 February 1858, the fifth daughter and tenth of twelve children of George Douglas Campbell, eighth duke of Argyll (1823–1900), and his first wife, ...

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Lady Frances Balfour (1858–1931) by Bassano, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bruce, Victoria Alexandrina Katherine (1898–1951), prison governor, was born on 13 September 1898 at Kennet House, Clackmannan, the youngest by fifteen years in the family of two sons and three daughters of Alexander Hugh Bruce, sixth Lord Balfour of Burleigh (1849–1921), secretary for ...

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Carrie, Isabella Scrimgeour (1878–1981), suffragette and schoolteacher, was born on 3 May 1878 at 26 Wardmill Road in the parish of St Vigeans, Arbroath, the daughter of Richard Carrie (c.1836–1912), bleachfield worker, and his wife, Ann Robertson Harris (c.1842–1903)...

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Dugdale [née Balfour], Blanche Elizabeth Campbell (1880–1948), author and Zionist, was born on 23 May 1880 at 32 Addison Road, Holland Park, London. Generally known as Baffy, she was the eldest of the five children of Eustace James Anthony Balfour (1854–1911), an architect and the youngest brother of the prime minister ...

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Blanche Elizabeth Campbell Dugdale (1880–1948) by unknown photographer private collection / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elliot [née Tennant], Katharine, Baroness Elliot of Harwood (1903–1994), public servant and politician, was born on 15 January 1903 at 40 Grosvenor Square, London, the third of four, and second of three surviving, daughters of Sir Charles Tennant, first baronet (1823–1906), of ...

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Fletcher, Christian, Lady Abercrombie (1619/20–1691), royalist heroine, was born in Kinneff, Kincardineshire. About 1642 she married James Granger or Grainger (1603/4–1663), presbyterian minister of Kinneff church since 1640. He had graduated MA from the University of St Andrews and had been a preacher in ...

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Katharine Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1718–1779) by unknown artist unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gordon, Katharine, duchess of Gordon (1718–1779), politician, was born on 20 October 1718, the daughter of William Gordon, second earl of Aberdeen (1679–1745), and his second wife, Lady Anna Susan Murray (1699–1725), the daughter of John Murray, first duke of Atholl. When Katharine...

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Haldane, Elizabeth Sanderson (1862–1937), public servant and author, was born in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, on 27 May 1862, the fifth of six children and only daughter of Robert Haldane (1805–1877), writer to the signet, and his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Burdon-Sanderson (1825–1925). The family possessed a residence in ...

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Margaret Hamilton, Lady Belhaven and Stenton (b. in or before 1625, d. in or after 1694) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck [with John Hamilton, first Lord Belhaven and Stenton] Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hamilton, Margaret, Lady Belhaven and Stenton (b. in or before 1625, d. in or after 1694), royalist heroine and medical practitioner, was the illegitimate daughter of James Hamilton, second marquess of Hamilton (1589–1625). It has been plausibly suggested that her mother was Anne...

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Keck [née Hamilton], Lady Susanna [Susan] (bap. 1706, d. 1755), political manager, was baptized on 26 September 1706 at Canongate, Edinburgh, the seventh and youngest child of James Hamilton, fourth duke of Hamilton and first duke of Brandon (1658–1712), and his second wife, ...

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Dame Louisa Innes Lumsden (1840–1935) by Olive Edis, c. 1925 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lumsden, Dame Louisa Innes (1840–1935), promoter of women's education, headmistress, and suffragist, was born on 31 December 1840 in Aberdeen. She was the seventh and youngest child of Clements Lumsden (d. 1853), advocate and writer to the signet, and his wife, Jane (...

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Jean Mann (1889–1964) by Bassano, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mann [née Stewart], Jean [Janet] (1889–1964), politician and housing reformer, was born Janet Stewart, at 22 Calder Street, Polmadie, east Renfrewshire, on 2 July 1889. She was the daughter of William Stewart, an iron moulder and active trade unionist, who was an enduring influence on her radical outlook, and his wife, ...

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Murray, Katharine Marjory Stewart- [née Katharine Marjory Ramsay], duchess of Atholl (1874–1960), public servant and politician, was born in Edinburgh on 6 November 1874, the eldest of the five children of Sir James Henry Ramsay, tenth baronet (1832–1925), of Bamff, east Perthshire...

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Roberts [née Weir], Dame Jean Barr McDonald (1895–1988), local politician, was born at 36 Avenue Road, Springburn, Glasgow, on 20 December 1895, the daughter of Walter Weir (1867–1926), foreman locomotive engine fitter, and his wife, Mary, née Nevin (1871–1919), both of whom were ...