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Forsyth, David (1844–1934), headmaster and educationist, was born in October 1844 at Coatbridge, Glasgow, the son of David Forsyth, a master engineer, and his wife, Agnes Laidlaw. He began his teaching career at the age of thirteen as a pupil teacher in Ayrshire...

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Kinnear, Georgina (1826/1828–1914), headmistress, was born in Edinburgh, the second of the seven children of John Gardiner Kinnear and his wife, Mary, the daughter of banker Alexander Smith. About 1832 the family moved to Glasgow, where John Kinnear became the partner in a firm of commission merchants and power-loom manufacturers. The only one of their children to marry was the eldest sister, ...

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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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Miles, Dame Margaret (1911–1994), headmistress, was born on 11 July 1911 at 12 Walton Park, Walton, Liverpool, the second of four children of the Revd Edwin Griffith Miles, Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Annie, née Jones, a graduate of Aberystwyth and former schoolmistress. ...

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Robertson, Janie Macbeth (1879–1957), headmistress, was born on 24 November 1879 at Zetland Villa, Dumfries, the daughter of Andrew Macbeth Robertson, a commercial traveller in the jewellery trade, and his wife, Jane Fairbairn. The family consisted of at least two sisters and a brother, ...

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Walker, Mary Russell (1846–1938), headmistress and promoter of women's education, was born in Edinburgh, the first of two daughters of William Walker, accountant of the National Bank of Scotland, and his wife, Margaret Gray. She had what she described as 'a somewhat desultory...

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Harriet Warrack (bap. 1825, d. 1910) by George Washington Wilson private collection

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Warrack, Harriet (bap. 1825, d. 1910), headmistress, was baptized on 14 December 1825, at Old Machar, Aberdeen. Her father, James Warrack (d. 1863), an Aberdeen tea dealer and grocer, later a commission agent, was well known in Aberdeen business circles. Her mother, ...

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Watson, Margaret Alexandra Hannan (1873–1959), headmistress, was born on 20 July 1873 at 219 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, one of six or more children of William Brown Watson, a cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Rebecca Arthur Hannan. Both her parents came from the families of Glaswegian burgesses. Her mother's father, ...

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Whitelaw, Annie Watt (1875–1966), headmistress and educationist, was born on 17 August 1875 at 37 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, one of the twelve children of George Whitelaw (c.1837–1888), accountant and treasurer of the synod of the United Presbyterian church, and his wife, ...

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Young, Margaret Paulin (1864–1953), headmistress, was born on 4 December 1864 in Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire, where her father, the Revd William Langlands Young (d. 1907), had been United Presbyterian minister since 1857. Her mother was Margaret Brown Paulin. Her vivacious family circle included two sisters; ...