Scottish Women, A Very Peculiar History

Fiona MacDonald

Scottish Women, A Very Peculiar History

From Mary, Queen of Scots to singer Susan Boyle, Scottish Women: A Very Peculiar History shines a light on the contributions of the country's most fascinating women.

Scottish women have had an influence far beyond their own small homeland. But all too often, information about them has been hard to find, or they have been portrayed in stereotypes. This engaging history aims to set the record straight, revealing the frequently underappreciated contributions of women to Scottish history, industry and culture. In addition to Mary, Queen of Scots, readers can explore the discoveries of astronomer and mathematician Mary Fairfax Somerville; the inspirational story of pioneering socialist MP Jenny Lee, who founded the Open University; and present-day figures such as Hollywood actor Tilda Swinton and Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister. There are historical heroines, including Flora MacDonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape death at the hands of the English, and mysterious figures like James Barry, who lived as a man in order to work as a celebrated doctor in the nineteenth century. We also meet esteemed writers and artists like Joan Eardley and Muriel Spark, as well as brilliant businesswomen such as Ann Gloag, one of the founders of Stagecoach, and Ethel Baxter, the visionary behind the world-famous soup company. And then there are the figures from legend and Scottish fiction: Sgathaich, who taught the Irish hero Cu Chulainn how to fight; the medieval Gruoch, the inspiration for Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare s play; and the beloved Maw Broon in the Broons comic strip.

About the Author

Fiona Macdonald studied history at Cambridge University and at the University of East Anglia. She has taught in adult education and in schools and universities, and is the author of numerous books for children on historical topics.

Product information

Type: Hardback
Pages: 192
Size: 152mm x 101mm