Edinburgh National Society for Women's Suffrage

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The Edinburgh National Society for Women's Suffrage was a leading group for women's rights in Scotland


The Edinburgh Ladies' Emancipation Society was at one time the focus for women's rights in Edinburgh.[1] This came to an end when Eliza Wigham, Jane Wigham and some of their friends set up the Edinburgh chapter of the National Society for Women's Suffrage. Eliza and her friend Agnes McLaren became the secretaries,[2] Priscilla Bright McLaren was the president and Elizabeth Pease was the treasurer.

Elsie Inglis who was studying medicine in Edinburgh became the secretary of the society in the 1890s[3] Inglis also played a role in the early years of the Scottish Federation of Women's Suffrage Societies, acting as honorary secretary from 1906 to 1914.[4]

Sarah Mair, who was a leading activist for various causes including the Edinburgh Ladies' Educational Association, became president of the society in 1907.[5]


  1. ^ Edinburgh Ladies Emancipation Society (15 February 1866). "Annual Report of the Ladies' Emancipation Society". Wilson Anti-Slavery Collection: 2. JSTOR 60238978. 
  2. ^ National Society of Women's Suffrage. Examiner; Jan 14 1871; 3285; British Periodicals pg 55
  3. ^ Leah Leneman, ‘Inglis, Elsie Maud (1864–1917)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 6 June 2015
  4. ^ Lovejoy, Esther Pohl (1957). Women Doctors of the World. New York: Macmillan. p. 288. 
  5. ^ Innes, S (2004). "the Edinburgh Women Citizens' Association". Women's History Review. 13 (4): 621–647. doi:10.1080/09612020400200414. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
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