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Abbott, Wilhelmina Hay (Elizabeth) neé Lamond – Suffragist and Equalitarian Feminist

Posted on December 29th, 2020 · Posted in Uncategorized

The following information is taken from The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women and reproduced with kind permission of the Co-ordinating Editor, Rose Pipes. A list of abbreviations has been added to the end of the entry. Abbott, Wilhelmina Hay (Elizabeth),… read more

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

Dundee Women’s Festival

Posted on November 27th, 2020 · Posted in Uncategorized

We won’t be leading walks this year so why not tune in to our YouTube broadcasts? Short films, about the women featured on our trail are just a click away! Each film is approximately 10 minutes long. Plaques 1-5This is… 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

Grant, Margaret – Founder, Brittle Bone Society

Posted on March 13th, 2021 · Posted in Uncategorized

Margaret Thomas Johnston Grant neeWilson was born on 29th June 1933. Her mother was Margaret Johnston, a school catering assistant and jute mill worker at Cox’s Mill, Dundee; her father Charles Wilson was a lead painter at the docks.  She… 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

King, Janette “Jessie” Marguerite – Journalist

Posted on September 14th, 2021 · Posted in Uncategorized

In her time, around 1890, Jessie was the first professional  and best-known woman journalist in Scotland.  She was one of four siblings, born in 1862 in Bankfoot, Perthshire, her father a shoemaker and her mother an ex-domestic servant.  A delicate and … read more

Mapstone, Elisabeth – Scotland’s First Woman Professor

Posted on November 27th, 2020 · Posted in Uncategorized

Elisabeth Lesley Grant Pugh was born on December 30th in 1935 in south London, only child of a dentist and a schoolteacher.  She went to St Helen’s School in Norwood, where she was made head girl. Then after school and… 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

Stewart, Sarah (Cissie) – Swimmer

Posted on September 15th, 2021 · Posted in Uncategorized

Cissie was the first Dundonian ever to win an Olympic medal. Possibly the least acknowledged too! There was no celebratory razmataz at the Olympics in 1928, no podiums, no flag-waving . She was born in or near Dudhope Street and… 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