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Bell, Gelda née Leslie – Singer

Posted on November 12th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Edith Leslie, her mother, was a noted performer with Broughty Ferry Amateur Operatic Society and introduced Gelda to a range of music, from light opera to Wagner. Gelda won the 1954 Leng Gold Medallist in Dundee High School, studied art… read more

Dodge, Anna née Thompson – Millionaire

Posted on July 24th, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Born into a family of modest circumstances in 1871 Anna was taken from Dundee to the US by her widowed mother when she was a little girl. She was musically talented, and when she grew up she supported them both… read more

Gow, Mag – Fish Seller, Drunk

Posted on November 11th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Fish-seller Mag Gow was an infamous drunken Dundee woman, who appeared in court on over 200 occasions over the course of 30 years. Dundee Courier 26 July 1861. Mag Gow’s 99th court appearance. Dundee Courier 18 Sept 1861. Margaret Gow,… read more

Imandt, Franziska Maria (‘Marie’) Isabella – Journalist

Posted on November 11th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

A short word about Marie’s father:- Peter Imandt was a Prussian. Nick-named ‘Red Wolf’ as a young man, he was a member of the Communist League, a founding father of the German Social Democratic Party and friends with Karl Marx…. read more

King or Lowy Henrietta (Henny) Anna – Journalist, Events Organiser

Posted on November 11th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

“Can you organise the liveliest 800-year-old in Scotland?” “You bet I can!” replied Henny. And that’s how she came to Dundee in 1990. She stayed for the rest of her life. An exuberant, flamboyant woman, she will be long remembered… read more

Maxwell, Bessie – Journalist

Posted on November 11th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Bessie was born in Dundee, one of four children. Their great-grandfather was the first editor of The Peoples’ Friend, and their father had been an editor too – evidently the family had printer’s ink in their bloodstream. Bessie attended Dundee… read more

Wallace, Martha – Street Musician

Posted on November 10th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Martha was born blind in about 1876. She lived for many years in St Mary’s Street, off Lochee Road. Known as ‘Blind Mattie’, she played popular songs (e.g. My Ain Folk) on her melodeon in the city centre and the… read more

Watson, Elizabeth Sophia (aka Deas Cromarty) – Authoress

Posted on November 10th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

An Englishwoman, she was the daughter of Rev John Fletcher, a Weslyan minister.  At 24 she came to Dundee and married Rev Dr R.A. Watson of Butterburn United Presbyterian Church & Abercraig, West Newport.  She wrote for the British Weekly… read more

Watt, Mary Elizabeth – Painter

Posted on November 10th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Mary’s grandfather was a linen weaver and her grandfather a factory overseer in the jute mills. Mary’s father Alexander Thomson Watt was a master butcher with two shops in Dundee.   The family were members and (ordained)* being checked for meaning… read more

Wiedeman or Browning, Sarah – poet’s mother

Posted on November 10th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Sarah Wiedeman was born on the corner of Seagate and Trades Lane, and is one of the few women who was already commemorated with a plaque when Dundee Women’s Trail was set up.  She was the daughter of the first… read more

Wilkie, Annot (Robinson) – Socialist, Suffragette Wilkie, Helen – Socialist, Suffragette

Posted on November 10th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

These sisters were born in Montrose, daughters of Catherine Jane Erskine, teacher, and John Wilkie, draper. It was a poor family.  Annot went to Montrose Academy where she worked as a pupil teacher, then attended teacher training college before taking… read more

Winter, Annie Doig – Musician

Posted on November 10th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Born in Dundee, the last of the Winter printing family, Miss Winter was a relation of J.M. Barrie. She attended Dundee High School, then went to London to study piano & violin. After teaching music in Dundee, she went to… read more

Wood Soutar or Allen, Janet (Jenny) – cyclist, marathon runner

Posted on November 11th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Jenny was born in Brown Constable Street, Dundee, later living in the Blackness area. One of six children, she won a scholarship to Harris Academy, but family circumstances forced her to leave school at 14. All her life she wished… read more

Young, Ruth – Doctor

Posted on November 10th, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Ruth was born in Dundee, the daughter of William B. Wilson, a flax merchant. She attended Dundee High School, then  went to University College (St Andrews University) where she gained a BSc and  to Advanced Medical School Dundee, graduating MB… read more