Jane Rae

Political activist and suffragette Jane Rae was born in Bonnybridge in 1872, but came to live in Clydebank with her family. She was a strikingly tall woman, strong-willed and studious.

She worked in the Singer Factory's 'Needle Flat' in Clydebank, and was actively involved in the strike of 1911 - for which she was sacked. She joined the Independent Labour Party after hearing Keir Hardie, and became the Clydebank Branch Secretary in 1913.

She was politically active in many fields including the anti-war campaign in 1914, the Cooperative movement, the temperance movement and she once chaired an Emily Pankhurst meeting in Clydebank Town Hall. She was a local Councillor between 1922 and 1928, and became a JP with a fierce reputation when dealing with any man who mistreated his wife.

In 1928 she married a longtime friend and emigrated to Australia. She came back to Clydebank in 1946 when her husband died and lived here until her own death in 1959.

Picture of Jane Rae
Clydebank Women's History Group
Information researched by Clydebank Women's History group, with thanks to Clydebank Library heritage Centre.