Laura McLaren, Baroness Aberconway

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Laura McLaren
Baroness Aberconway
Laura McLaren, Baroness Aberconway.jpg
Born Laura Elizabeth Pochin
(1854-05-14)14 May 1854
Broughton, Lancashire, England
Died 4 January 1933(1933-01-04) (aged 78)
Antibes, France
Nationality British
Occupation activist, author, horticulturist
Notable work The Women's Charter of Rights and Liberties
Spouse(s) Charles McLaren (m. 1877)

Laura Elizabeth McLaren, Baroness Aberconway CBE, DStJ (born 14 May 1854, Broughton, Lancashire – died 4 January 1933, Antibes, France) was a British suffragist, author and horticulturalist.

Life

Her birth was registered in the Salford district of Lancashire on 14th May 1854. She was the daughter of Henry Davis Pochin, a noted industrialist and chemist, and his wife, Agnes (née Heap), a leading women's rights activist.[1]

She married the journalist and Liberal MP Charles McLaren, a business associate of her father's, at Westminster on 6 March 1877. Charles McLaren was later created Baron Aberconway. They had four children.[2] Laura McLaren's two sons became Liberal MP's, Henry D. Mclaren for the West Staffordshire constituency and, Francis McLaren for the Spalding constituency in Lincolnshire. Francis married Barbara Jekyll, a niece of the famous garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. He was killed in a flying accident in 1917. Her daughter Florence Priscilla, also a noted activist and suffragist, married Sir Henry Norman and, with him, developed gardens at Ramster Hall, Surrey. Laura's other daughter, Elsie Dorothea, married Edward Alexander James Johns.

Baroness Aberconway was a campaigner for women's suffrage, founding the Liberal Women's Suffrage Union and publishing some writings on the subject. During World War I, she converted her house in London into a hospital and helped run it.

She died in 1933 at her home, Château de la Garoupe, on the Cap d’Antibes.

Awards and honors

In 1918, Aberconway was appointed CBE. She was also appointed Dame of Grace of the Venerable Order of St John.

Other

Outside politics Aberconway was a talented artist and horticulturalist. She and her husband worked to expand and improve the Bodnant Garden begun by her father. Château de la Garoupe is hailed for his beautiful garden.[3]

Writings

  • The Women's Charter of Rights and Liberties. London, John Sewell, 1909.
  • The Prime Minister and Women's Suffrage London, John Sewell, 1913.

References

  1. ^ "Lady Laura Elizabeth McLaren, Baroness Aberconway". Parks and Gardens.org. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lady Laura Elizabeth McLaren, Baroness Aberconway". The Peerage. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Château de la Garoupe". Alexandra Lloyd. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rosalind Howard
President of the Women's Liberal Federation
1915–1919
Succeeded by
Hilda Runciman
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