Supporter of education for women

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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)
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