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Helen Crummy

Title: 
M.B.E., LLD (Dr)
Other names: 
Helen Murray Crummy; nee Prentice
Dates: 
10 May 1920 – 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.

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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

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).

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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 Shelley

Other names: 
née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
Dates: 
1797-1851

Author of "Frankenstein"

Millicent Fanny St Clair Erskine

Title: 
Lady, Duchess of Sutherland
Other names: 
First married surname - Sutherland-Leveson-Gower. Second married surname - Fitzgerald. Third married surname - Hawes.
Dates: 
20 October 1867 - 20 August 1955

Founder of the Sutherland Benefit Nursing Association, the Sutherland Technical School and the Sutherland Gaelic Association. During the First World War she established and ran the Millicent Sutherland Ambulance, for which she was awarded the French Croix de Guerre and Belgian Royal Red Cross.

Sources
Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, Rds Ewan, Innes, Reynolds and Pipes, EUP, 2007
page 311.

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.

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

Alice Ivy Hay

Other names: 
Her maiden name was Wigmore. Her first married surname was Paterson.
Dates: 
approx 1895-1982.

Alice Ivy Wigmore was born in Australia and moved to the UK when she was twelve. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London and became a distinguished violinist. She married, firstly, Walter Paterson and then, after his death, Malcolm V. Hay. She wrote several books, mostly biographical, and collaborated with her husband to write on Jewish history. Alice Hay owned a house in Israel and spoke fluent Hebrew. The couple collected Hebrew texts, which they bequeathed to the University of Aberdeen.

Sources
University of Aberdeen Judaica Collections
Hay of Seaton Memorial lectures

Catherine Spence

Dates: 
Born 31 October 1825, died 3 April 1910

Catherine Helen Spence was born in Melrose, the daughter of Helen Brodie, and David Spence, banker, lawyer and clerk. The fifth of eight children, she began her education in Melrose, then, due to her father’s ruinous investments the family emigrating to South Australia in 1839. There she worked as a governess, and later ran her own school.

She wrote several novels, the first of which, Clara Morison (1854), tells the story of a young Scottish orphan making her way in South Australia.

Sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Based on an entry by Margaret Allen

Jane Welsh Carlyle

Dates: 
Born 14 July 1801, died 22 April 1866

Jane Welsh Carlyle was the daughter of Grace Welsh, and Dr John Welsh, and was known during her life in the private roles of witty story teller and letter writer and as the wife of Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), the Scottish essayist and historian. Two thousand of her letters survive, plus some short prose pieces, an anecdotal notebook and her Journal (1855–6).

Sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Based on an entry by Aileen Christianson
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