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Katharine Atholl
- Favourite Briton.

Born in Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians
Born on 6th of November 1874
Died on 21st of October 1960

Born 1874. Died 1960 - Scottish Conservative politician.


Daughter of historian Sir James Ramsay, she became MP for Kinross and Perthshire in 1923 and was the first Conservative woman minister as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education (1924-29). From 1929-1939 she campaigned against ill-treatment of women and children within the British Empire. Publications include Searchlight on Spain (1938) and Women and Politics (1931).


adding to the katharine atholl entry - Bamff House is at Alyth,
Perthshire. Katharine was not born there, though - she was born in
Edinburgh, in 1874. She was brought up at Bamff House, though, but
the family moved to London during term-tie when she was thirteen and
she attended Wimbledon High School for Girls. she went on to study
music at the Royal College of Music and looked forward to a career in
music. At that point she fell in love.

She married the Marquis of Tullibardine, a soldier, in 1897 and
followed him to Johannesburg during the Boer War and to Egyot during
World War I, where she was engaged in war work.

Her husband succeeded to the title and estates (and a heavy legacy of
debt) of Duke of Atholl in 1917. When Katharine stood for parliament
in 1923 it was as Duchess of Atholl, becoming Scotland's first
woman MP (Perth and Kinross) and shortly afterwards, the conservative
party's first woman minister.

She became an outspoken opponent of the appeasement policy of Neville
Chamberlain, and was deselected by her constituency. She stood as
an independent, but was defeated at a by-election in 1938.

Katharine Atholl = Her Grace the duchess of Atholl DBE Hon DCL, FRCM.

(More can be read in Katharine Atholl : Against the Tide. Aberdeen
University Press, 1989)

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