Town Councillor

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Jean Shaw

She was a socialist and a member of Lochgelly Co-operative Society.

Mary Christian Tait

Other names: 
Her maiden name was Buchan. She was known as Chris.
1926 -30 Oct 2009

Chris Buchan was born and brought up in Peterhead. She became interested in politics whilst a student in Aberdeen. She returned to Peterhead where she worked as a secretary for a number of local firms. She became a Town Councillor in the 1960s, one of the first women to do so in Peterhead.

She married Joseph Tait in 1965.

She died in 2009, having retained her interest in politics to the end.


Elsie Newell

Other names: 
Her maiden name was Bruce.
approx 1918 - 1996

Elsie Elizabeth Bruce married Raymond Newell in Peterhead in 1952. She was a Town councillor in Peterhead in the 1960s. She died in 1996.

Janie Train

A History of the Old "Fitpaths" and Streets of Dunfermline Then and Now
by Sheila Pitcairn. Page 475.

Isobel Ann Duncan

approx 1910-1986.

Isobel A. Duncan was the first female Provost of Elgin. She served as Provost from 1961-1964.

"Right Up Your Street in Elgin" by John G. Sutherland

Lila Clunas

Other names: 
Although known as Lila, her first name was Maggie.
1876- 29 December 1968

Born in Glasgow, Lila Clunas trained as a teacher at Moray House and then taught in Dundee, at Brown Street School.
She was a member of the Independent Labour Party and became involved with the suffrage movement in 1906, joining the Women's Freedom League in 1907.
In 1909 she was a member of a nine woman delegation to Prime Minister Asquith. She was arrested and sentenced to three weeks in prison. She went on hunger strike and was released early.
in 1943 she became a Labour Party Councillor on Dundee Town Council. She served until 1964. She died in 1968, aged 92.

Women on the Shelf block
Dundee Women's Trail
2008, p27
Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Ewan, Innes, Reynolds, Pipes (eds), EUP, 2006, page77
"Women on the Shelf" block
Glasgow Women's Library

Isabella Lappin


Isabella Lappin was active in the Co-operative Women's Guild, and then became the first woman to be elected as a socialist Town Councillor for Clydebank. She served from 1920, and was re-elected regularly until the late 1940s. In 1939 she served on the Juvenile Advisory Council. She served on the Stirling District Mental Hospital Joint Committee in the 1940s, and was elected convener in 1942. In 1943 she was appointed a Magistrate.

The Vote - Woman Baillie for Clydebank
7 Dec 1923

Agnes Husband


Agnes Husband was born in Tayport. Her father was a sailor who became a shipmaster. Husband became a milliner and then, after her father's death, she and her mother worked as dressmakers. She became involved in socialist politics. She stood for the School Board as a Labour candidate in 1897, but was not elected. However, in 1901 she was elected to the Parochial Board, one of the first two women to be so elected. She was also active in the campaign for female suffrage. In 1926 she was given the Freedom of the City of Dundee. She died in 1929.

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