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“Ahead of Their Time”: A Talk in Celebration of International Women’s Day by Susan Morrison

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Susan Morrison presents “Ahead of Their Time”: a series of talks to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

In this four-part series, writer, comedian and broadcaster Susan Morrison shines a light on several Scottish women from the 1700s to 1900s who, against all odds, achieved great things for the many.

In the mid-nineteenth century, The Edinburgh Ladies’ Emancipation Society were one of the leading groups in Scotland who protested to abolish the slave trade:

In 1705, despite the very real risk of losing her children and her property (including Garelton Castle in East Lothian), Dame Barbara Wauchope sought to divorce her cheating husband:

Writing under a pseudonym, feminist and revolutionary journalist Helen Macfarlane penned the very first English translation of ‘The Communist Manifesto’ in 1850:

Despite storms of protest, in 1926 Liberal MP Fenella Paton set up Aberdeen’s first women’s clinic in one of the city’s worst slums:


Lectures brought to you by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in collaboration with the Scottish History Society, on and in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Susan Morrison is a writer, comedian, and broadcaster. She is the presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s history magazine programme ‘Time Travels’, and is also the chair of ‘Previously….Scotland’s History Festival’. She often says she works in comedy, but lives in history. She’s particularly keen on exploring the lesser known histories and heritage of the overlooked in Scotland’s past.

This online lecture was produced in collaboration with the Scottish History Society in celebration of International Women’s Day 2021. Find out more:

The Society lectures are gratefully funded by Sir Angus Grossart QC OBE DL LLD DLitt FRSE FSAScot


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