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Emma MacPherson

Other names: 
Her maiden name was Blake.
Dates: 
1833- 5 Nov 1915

Emma Blake married Allan MacPherson, 3rd of Blairgowrie, on 30 April 1853.

She travelled with him to Australia in 1856. She wrote an autobiography of her life in Australia "My Experiences in Australia, 1856 to 1857, by a Lady." She also painted watercolours of Australian scenes.

The family returned to Scotland. The couple had seven children, five sons and two daughters.

She was widowed in 1891. Emma MacPherson died in 1915, six weeks after the death of her son George in the Battle of Loos.

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Christian Watt

Other names: 
Her married surname was Sim.
Dates: 
24 February 1833-1923

Christian Watt was born on 24 February 1833 at 72 Broadsea, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, the seventh of the eight children of James Watt (1787โ€“1868), fisherman, and his wife, Helen Noble (1788โ€“1860).

She started work as a domestic servant aged eight, and at eleven went with the Broadsea fishermen to the west coast to gut and cook herring. At sixteen she went to London and worked as a domestic servant there.

In 1856 she travelled to America in order to receive money from the legacy of her late brother. Once there she worked as a tablemaid for a wealthy American family.

Sources
D Fraser (ed) "The Christian Watt Papers" 1983

Sue Innes

Title: 
Dr
Other names: 
Her full name was Susan Katriona Innes
Dates: 
4 May 1948 - 24 Feb 2005
Sources
Inventory of the Papers of Dr Sue Innes held by the NLS.

Lorna Moon

Other names: 
She was born Helen Nora Wilson Low. Her married surname was Hebditch.
Dates: 
16 June 1886 - 1 May 1930

Nora Low was born in Strichen, Aberdeenshire, in 1886, the daughter of Charles Low, plasterer, and Margaret Benzies. In 1907 she married William Hebditch, a commercial traveller. They had a son, William. They emigrated to Canada. In 1913 she left the husband and son to live with Walter Moon, with whom she had a daughter, Mary Leonore Moon. She began working as a journalist and adopted the pen-name Lorna Moon.

Sources
Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
p211, entry by Glenda Norquay
The Collected Works of Lorna Moon
Edited by Glenda Norquay
My Secret Mother
Richard de Mille

Val McDermid

Dates: 
born 4 June 1955

Val McDermid was born on 4 June 1955 and grew up in Kirkcaldy, Fife. She went to Oxford University, and then worked as a journalist. Since her first book, Report for Murder, in 1984, she has sold over 10 million copies of 26 crime novels. The ITV series Wire in the Blood was based on her books.

Sources
Val McDermid homepage

Muriel Spark

Title: 
Dame
Other names: 
Born Muriel Sarah Camberg
Dates: 
1 Feb 1918 - 13 April 2006

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.

Jessie Kesson

Title: 
Scottish Novelist
Other names: 
Jessie Grant McDonald (Kesson)
Dates: 
Born 28 October 1916 died 26 September 1994

Jessie Grant McDonald was born illegitimate in the Workhouse at Inverness. They moved to Elgin where they lived in poverty. When her mother became ill Jessie then 8 years old was removed and placed in an orphanage called Proctors House in Kirkton of Skene, Aberdeenshire.

Images: 
Jessie Kesson
Sources
Kesson Gardens Road Sign
Photograph taken by own camera August 2013. Street Name on new housing estate at Skene, Aberdeenshire to commemorate Jessie Kesson.

Maggie Keswick Jencks

Other names: 
Margaret Keswick, Mrs Charles Alexander Jencks
Dates: 
10th October 1941 - 8th July 1995

Margaret, who was known as Maggie, was born at Cowhill Tower near Dumfries on 10th October 1941, only child of Sir John Henry Keswick and Clare Mary Alice Elwes (married 17.01.1940 at Westminster Cathedral). She was brought up in Scotland and the Far East where her father was part of the Scottish business empire, Jardine, Matheson & Company. Maggie read English at Oxford, after attending school in Woldingham, Surrey.

Maggie was...

Images: 
Maggie Keswick
Sources
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres Maggie's centres: how one woman's vision is changing cancer treatment
Observer/Guardian article by Amy Powell Yeates
Travelling the Distance
link from the Scottish Parliament website

Helen Crummy

Title: 
M.B.E., LLD (Dr)
Other names: 
Helen Murray Crummy; nee Prentice
Dates: 
10 May 1920 โ€“ 11 July 2011

Helen Murray Prentice was born in Leith on 10th May 1920, the eldest of 6 children. Her mother was Joanna Blaikie; her father John, an accomplished fiddler, was a watchmaker who trained by Royal Warrant holders Brooks & Co. He set up business in Haddington, then in Edinburgh. The family moved to Niddrie in 1931 and Helen left school at the age of 13, two years later.

Images: 
Helen Crummy
Sources
Obituary: Dr Helen Crummy MBE, social activist
Scotsman Obituary
Andrew Thomas, Stephen P, Philip John, Larry, Helen Crummy
birth, marriage and death search records
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