In her time, around 1890, Jessie King was the best known woman journalist in Scotland. She was well travelled, and a great supporter of the suffragettes, whose meetings she reported. Reporting in the Dundee Advertiser on the formation of Dundee & East Fife Women’s Suffrage Committee at Mathers Hotel, “Marguerite” writes: “I have been so long a voice crying in the wilderness on this matter….” (Emily Thomson (plaque 6) and Agnes Husband (plaque 1) were at this meeting.) Jessie also accompanied Mary Lily Walker (plaque 17) on her ‘Lady Rent Officer’ visits.

The publishers John Leng & Co Ltd claimed the honour of having produced the first woman journalist in Scotland, and described her as “a brilliant descriptive writer, an authority on household matters, and a poetess.“