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Were there any women in YOUR family involved in gaining suffrage for the women of Argyll?

The WEA Scotland are researching the Suffragette movement in the Highlands, and are looking for any information, photographs, memories of relatives you might have.
On 4 October 1911, Lady Frances Balfour, sister of the Duke of Argyle, member of the Executive Committee of the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) spoke to a large audience of the newly formed Oban Women's Suffrage Society.

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Sir — I wonder if readers can assist in providing information and/or memorabilia (photographs would be of particular interest) for a research project into the Women's Suffrage Campaign in the Highlands currently being undertaken by the Inverness branch of the Workers' Educational Association.

There is very little collated material available on the subject but some of the main facts known are as follows — local Suffrage Societies were formed in Inverness in 1871 and in Invergordon and Dingwall in 1872. In 1899, Inverness Ladies' Club was founded at 2 Castle Street, Tolie, with residential accommodation.

In 1907, 200-300 people were turned away from a meeting addressed by Helen Fraser held at Inverness Town Hall. Ms Fraser returned to the north in 1909 when in January she addressed a meeting in Inverness and delivered what is thought to be the first suffrage speech in Elgin on June 10, 1909.

In 1909, the secretaries of the Inverness Branch of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS ) and the Inverness Ladies' Club were a Miss Jessie Munro, Nessmount, Inverness and a Miss A Knight. Does anyone have knowledge of them?

In 1911, Mrs Hunter, president of Inverness Women's Suffrage Society spoke at meetings held for the by-election in Ross and Cromarty on June 19.

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On October 4, 1911, Lady Frances Balfour , sister of the Duke of Argyle, member of the Executive Committee of the NUWSS spoke to a large audience of the newly formed Oban Womens Suffrage Society.

In 1912, a new Society was formed in Dornoch and an outdoor meeting of the NUWSS was held at Bonar Bridge.

In 1912, a branch of the Men's League for Women's Suffrage was formed in the north of Scotland under the leadership of Baillie MacEwan. Does anyone know where this was?

In September 1913, the Scottish Federation of the NUWSS went on tour in the Highlands, Lady Balfour and Mrs Hunter spoke at meetings in Dingwall, Dornoch, Golspie, Helmsdale, Invergordon and Tain. Five hundred people attended the meeting at Dingwall Town Hall on September 8.

Later, in November, Lady Betty Balfour, Millicent Fawcett and Louisa Lumsden spoke at meetings of the NUWSS. Venues included Oban and Wick.

In 1913, a Mrs James Fraser, 19 Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness was a leading light of the Inverness branch of NUWSS, the secretary of the Dingwall branch of the Scottish Federation of NUWSS was a Miss Ledingham of High Street, Dingwall and the secretary of the North of Scotland Federation of NUWSS was a Miss Jessie Hay. Does anyone have knowledge of them?

If you are able to help, please let the Lorn Family History Group know and they will collate and pass information on. They have scanners available if you want to copy precious letters, documents or photographs, so as not to lose touch with your originals.1

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