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One of the many portraits John Henry Lorimer painted was of Sarah Elizabeth Siddons Mair, a suffragist and campaigner for women’s education. Together with Louisa and Flora Stevenson and Dr Elsie Inglis, she worked tirelessly throughout her lifetime to bring about positive change for women. These four believed that girls should have the same access to Higher education as their brothers. They believed that women should be given the right to vote in local and national elections. And they wanted to improve the health and education of the working classes. To discover more about their efforts and success, join Linda McDonald as she uncovers the real lives of four women behind the Women’s Suffrage movement in Edinburgh.

Linda is a former teacher and a member of the Edinburgh Living History Group. Linda has taken part in informal presentations about the Women’s Suffrage movement in Edinburgh and is fascinated by the lives of the real women behind the campaign.

Pioneering Ladies of the New Town in Edinburgh: Sarah Mair, Louisa and Flora Stevenson and Dr Elsie Inglis

John Henry Lorimer, Flight of the Swallows, oil on canvas, 1906. Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, City Art Centre

Reflections: The light and life of John Henry Lorimer (1856-1936)

Sat 6 Nov 2021 to Sun 20 Mar 2022 ★★★★★ The Scotsman This, the first retrospective of his work, will explore Lorimer’s art through five key themes: light, identity, family, femininity... More info