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Rosamunde Pilcher

Other names: 
Her maiden name was Scott
Dates: 
22 September 1924 - 6 February 2019

Rosamunde Scott was born in Cornwall. She moved to Dundee following her marriage to Graham Hope Pilcher in 1946. Her first novel was published in 1949, under the pen name Jane Fraser. She began writing under her own name in 1955. Her breakthrough novel, The Shellseekers, was published in 1987. It was translated into 40 languages.

She published ten novels as Jane Fraser and seventeen as Rosamunde Pilcher, plus short stories.

She was awarded the OBE in 2002.

Marie Stopes

Other names: 
Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes, Mr Reginald Ruggles Gates, Mrs Humphrey Verdon Roe
Dates: 
15 October 1880 - 2 October 1958

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Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes

Iris Murdoch

Title: 
Dame of the British Empire
Other names: 
Jean Iris Murdoch, Mrs. John Bayley
Dates: 
15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999
Sources
Iris Murdoch
Wikipedia biography

Janet Hamilton

Other names: 
Janet Thomson
Dates: 
d.o.b.12th October 1795 died 27th october 1873

Janet Hamilton was a poet and author who lived in what is now Coatbridge in the 19th century.

She was born Janet Thomson in Shotts in October 1795, in a house that was a remnant of an old farm steading, named Carshill.

Her father, James Thomson was a shoemaker and was a well read man with a keen interest in politics. Her mother’s name was Mary Brownlee.

Janet was fifth in descent from John Whitelaw, who was executed at the Old Tolbooth in Edinburgh, four years after the battle of Bothwell Bridge, in which he had taken an active role as a supporter of the Covenanting principles.

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Memorial fountain in Coatbridge
Memorial fountain in Coatbridge
Sources
STV History and Stats
Scottish Television Website
Memories of Monklands
Written by Tom Frew

J K Rowling

Other names: 
Joanne Rowling, Jo Rowling, pseudonym Robert Galbraith, previously Mrs Jorge Arantes
Dates: 
July 31, 1965

Born Yate, near Bristol, England, her parents were Peter James Rowling and Anne Volant She graduated from Exeter University and taught English in Portugal. She married Jorge Arantes, a journalist, and they had a daughter Jessica Isabel Rowling who was born in 1993. Jo began writing books after coming to Edinburgh, Scotland, to be near her sister Dianne when she divorced in 1995.

She selected the pseudonym J K Rowling, using initials to attract male readers and adding a K for Kathleen after her grandmother. Her books have been made into films.

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J K Rowling
Sources
Biog.truestory
Internet biography site
JK Rowling 'anger' at legal firm over pseudonym leak
BBC News, Entertainment and Art feature

Rachel Annand Taylor

Other names: 
Maiden name Annand.
Dates: 
1876-1960

Rachel Annand was born in Aberdeen. Her father was a stone mason and an active trade unionist. She was one of the first women to study at Aberdeen University. Despite excelling academically, she did not complete her degree. She taught at the High School for Girls, in the building now occupied by Harlaw Academy. She married Alexander Cameron Taylor in 1901, but the marriage was not a happy one. She published four volumes of poetry between 1904 and 1923. She also published books on the Italian Renaissance and the poet Dunbar. She died in London in 1960.

Sources
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Dorothy Dunnett

Title: 
OBE
Other names: 
Maiden name: Halliday
Dates: 
Born 25 August 1923, died 9 November 2001

Dorothy Halliday was the daughter of Evelyn Millard, and Alick Halliday, a mining engineer. She was educated at James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow School of Art. From 1940 to 1946 she was assistant press officer for Scottish Government Departments and worked for the Board of Trade in Glasgow. In 1946 she married Alistair Dunnett (1908–98), author, playwright and editor of The Scotsman from 1956. They had two children. From 1950 she was a professional portrait painter.

Sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Based on an entry by Margaret Elphinstone
The Dorothy Dunnett archive
The Dorothy Dunnett archive is held at the National Library of Scotland: Acc. 12135, 12136.

Anna Masterton Buchan

Other names: 
O. Douglas
Dates: 
Born 24 March 1877, died 24 November 1948

Anna Buchan was the second child of Helen Masterton, and John Buchan, Free Church of Scotland minister. Born in Pathhead, Fife, she moved with her family to Glasgow in 1888 and was educated at Queen’s Park Academy, Hutcheson’s Grammar School for Girls where she won a prize in English Literature, in Edinburgh, and at Queen Margaret College Glasgow. Throughout her life she was a great lover of theatre and a highly able public speaker at charitable functions, often recounting amusing anecdotes in Scots.

Sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Based on an entry by Beth Dickson

Violet Jacob

Other names: 
Maiden name Violet Augusta Mary Frederica Kennedy-Erskine
Dates: 
Born 1 September 1863, died 9 September 1946

Born at the family home, the House of Dun, near Montrose, Violet was the eldest of three surviving daughters of Catherine Jones, and William Henry Kennedy-Erskine, 18th Laird of Dun.

Sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Entry by Carol Anderson
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