Helen was born in Hillside, Angus, daughter of George Cruickshank and Sarah Wood who also had two sons.
After she completed school she worked as a Civil Servant, her parents being unable to afford to send her to University.
...From 1924 Helen lived in a house on Corstorphine Hill, Dunnieduff, and was involved in the Scottish Renaissance, entertaining and supporting writers and artists such as Hugh MacDiarmid, Willa Muir...
Helen never married...
Nan Shepherd was an early Scottish Modernist writer, who wrote three novels set in small, fictional, communities in North Scotland. The Scottish landscape and weather played a major role in her novels and were the focus of her poetry. She also wrote one non-fiction book on hill walking, "The Living Mountain" based on her experiences walking in the Cairngorms.
Shepherd was a graduate of Aberdeen University and was a lecturer of English at the Aberdeen College of Education for most of her working life.
Elizabeth's father was Sir James Melville of Halhill (1535β1617), a courtier and diplomat who served Mary Queen of Scots. He married Christian Boswell (who died in 1609). Elizabeth's siblings were James, Robert and Margaret. Elizabeth was born around near Colessie in Fife.
Elizabeth married John Colville, a landowner, and they had seven children: Alexander, James, Robert, John, Samuel, Christian and another un-named daughter.
Judith Mary MacGregor was born in Dollar, Clachmannanshire in 1940. She studied Law at Edinburgh University and had a short legal career.
In 1962 she married David Martin Scott Steel (born 31 March 1938) whom she met a university. He is a politician, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Lord (Baron) Steel of Aikwood and now Life Peer in the House of Lords. They have 3 children: Graeme, Catriona Judith born 1967 and Rory, as well as an adopted son William (Billy).
Mary Brooksbank was born in Aberdeen, one of five children of Alexander Soutar, dock labourer and union activist and Roseann Gillan, domestic servant, fish gutter and mill worker. The family moved to Dundee around 1907. She started work as a "half-timer" aged 11, working as a shifter in a jute mill. She joined the Communist Party in 1920 and led campaigns. She married Ernest Brooksbank in 1924. In 1931 a rally at which she was a speaker was charged by mounted policemen. She was arrested and charged with incitement to riot.
Various books of poetry published. She wrote specifically of Galloway - nature, personages, life. She had the honour of the Societe of Philogie conferred on her - only the third lady to attain such without a University degree.
Made an Honorary member of Wigtown Burns' Club - the first woman to become a member.