Businesswoman

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Jean Holmes

Dates: 
1703- 1764

Born in Glasgow in 1703, she was the daughter of James Holmes and Jonet Johnston. In 1726 she married Robert McNair and set up a high class grocery business "Robert McNair, Jean Holmes and Company"

The couple had at least two daughters, Marion and Jean.

Sources
Marriage record
OPR marriages 644/010240 0267 Glasgow

Maggie McIver

Other names: 
The Barras Queen, nee Margaret Russell
Dates: 
May 9th 1879 - May 31st 1958

Maggie was born in Bridgeton, Glasgow in 1879 to Margaret Hutcheson, a french polisher and Alexander Russell, a policeman.

Maggie began her working life as a french polisher like her mother, but she had her first experience of business aged twelve while looking after a family friend's fruit barrow. Once a little older she opened her own fruit shop and met her future husband and business parter, James McIver.

Sources
A history of the Barrowlands in Glasgow
A radio interview with Maggie McIver from 1955.
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
A short biography of Margaret (Maggie) McIver written by Yvonne Galloway Brown

Mary Alcock

Title: 
n. Ritchie
Dates: 
Born 178, died 1869

Mary Ritchie was the daughter of a Dundee shoemaker of 22 Barrack Street. After her father died, she used her inheritance to open a drapery business with a partner, Jean Easson. The business was extremely successful and Ritchie retired, a rich woman, in 1827. She then sued her partner, who nevertheless carried on the business for a further ten years. Ritchie went to Leamington Spa to live, where she met and married R Alcock, a wood merchant. The marriage was not a success. Mary Alcock returned to Dundee and sued her husband.

Sources
Dundee Women's Trail, 2008
Mary Henderson and Dundee Women's Trail

Mary Erskine

Other names: 
'Arskine'
Dates: 
Born 1629, died 2 July 1707

Mary Erskine married Robert Kennedy, a writer, in 1661. He died in 1671 and in 1675 she married James Hair, a druggist (apothecary), who died in 1683. She had one daughter, Euphame.

On the death of her first husband, Mary Erskine became a shopkeeper; on the death of her second, she paid off his debts and became a successful businesswoman. She rented out property and was a moneylender (also described as a private banker) to businessmen, professionals, and to some women, usually widows continuing their husbands’ business or starting their own.

Sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Based on an entry by Jane McDermid
The Merchant Maiden Hospital
Sommerville, MKB (1970, repr. 1993)

Ethelreda Baxter

Other names: 
née Adam, known as Ethel
Dates: 
born 22 October 1883, died 16 August 1963

Ethel Baxter was the daughter of a ploughman, Andrew Adam, and his wife Elizabeth Farquar. Born in Roseisle, Moray, Ethel left the family farm to train as a nurse and, in 1914, married William Baxter, one of her patients. William’s parents, George and Margaret Baxter, owned a grocery shop in Fochabers though which they sold Margaret’s jams and marmalades. Seeing an opportunity to expand this business, Ethel persuaded her husband to open a factory in 1916 and while William travelled as a salesman for the business, Ethel managed the factory.

Sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Entry on Ethelreda Baxter by Flora Johnston
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