Poet

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Nan Shepherd

Other names: 
Her given name was Anna, but she was known as Nan.
Dates: 
1893-1981

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 Melville

Title: 
Lady
Other names: 
sometimes spelled Melvill; Lady Culross; Lady Comrie/Ladie Cumrie; wife of John Colville
Dates: 
c.1578 – c.1640

Elizabeth's father was Sir James Melville of Halhill (1535–1617), 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.

Sources
Elizabeth Melville
Wikipedia page
Two new writers to be commemorated at Makars' Court
City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries webpage
Elizabeth Melville
Undiscovered Scotland web page

Agnes Craig McElhose

Other names: 
'Clarinda'; nee Agnes Craig; Agnes Maclehose; Agnes MacLehose
Dates: 
17 April 1759 - 22 October 1841

Judith Mary MacGregor

Title: 
Lady
Other names: 
Mrs David Steel, Mrs Judith Steel, Lady Steel, Judy
Dates: 
born 1940

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).

Images: 
Judith Mary MacGregor (Judy Steel)
Sources
David Steel
Biographical article
David Martin S and Judith Mary MacGregor
SR Marriages Search Return
The Journey of Jeannie Deans by Judy Steel
Publisher's biography
Catriona Bhatia
Biographical article
Steel family set to open a new chapter on Ettrick’s historic Aikwood Tower
Newspaper article
David Steel: Liberal conscience
Newspaper article

Mary Brooksbank

Other names: 
Her maiden name was Soutar.
Dates: 
15 Dec 1897-16 Mar 1978.

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.

Sources
Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Woman Ewan, Innes, Reynolds, Pipes (eds), EUP, 2006.
The entry for Mary Brooksbank is on p45, and was written by Graham Smith.
Dundee Women's Trail book, 2008.
pages 46-48

Jeanie Donnan

Other names: 
The Galloway Poetess
Dates: 
19th November 1866 - 14th May 1942

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.

Sources
The Galloway Gazette. Published books

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.

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

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

Mary MacPherson

Other names: 
Mairi Mhor nan Oran
Dates: 
1821-1898

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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