Out of the Shadow: Women of Ninteenth Century Scotland

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The portraits in this display represent women whose lives span the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century.  These women were mostly the exception to a general rule, unusual in their achievements at a time when most women enjoyed few rights and freedoms and had limited expectations beyond the domestic sphere. A consideration of these individuals allows us to explore some of the important advances in women’s rights made during the nineteenth century.

There were significant changes during the nineteenth century in legislation relating to the rights of women and by the end of Victoria’s reign in 1901 some women had achieved freedoms and were pursuing activities never possible before.  Women novelists contributed to these new aspirations by presenting fictional role models to real women.  The Universities (Scotland) Act of 1889 meant that women could study for degrees, but it was not until 1916 that they could study medicine.  And it was not until 1928 that women were granted the right to vote on the same terms as men.

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Anne MacVicar, Mrs James Grant of Laggan [Bana Ghranndach an Lagain], 1755 - 1838. Writer Augustin Edouart

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Margaret Oliphant, 1828 - 1897. Novelist Janet Mary Oliphant

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Charlotte Nasmyth, 1804 - 1884. Artist William Nicholson

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Jane Maria Grant, Lady Strachey, 1840 - 1928. Writer Dora Carrington

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Catherine Sandeman, Mrs Waterston, 1755 - 1831 George Simson

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Queen Victoria, 1819 - 1901. Reigned 1837 - 1901. Franz Xaver Winterhalter

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Alexander Carse, about 1770 - 1843. Artist (Self-portrait) (Probably Alexander Carse with his mother and sister) Alexander Carse

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Mary Fairfax, Mrs William Somerville, 1780 - 1872. Writer on science Thomas Phillips

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Flora Drummond, 1879 - 1949. Suffragette Flora Lion

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Phoebe Anna Traquair, 1852 - 1936. Artist Peter Induni, James Pittendrigh MacGillivray

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Isabella Ewing, Mrs Smith of Jordanhill, 1755-1855 Graham Gilbert

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Isabella Burns, Mrs John Begg, 1771 - 1858. Youngest sister of Robert Burns William Bonnar

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Caroline Sheridan, the Hon. Mrs George Norton (afterwards Lady Stirling-Maxwell), 1808 - 1877. Poet Mrs Emma Ferguson of Raith

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