Eunice Murray

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For the American decorator, see Eunice R. Murray.

Eunice Guthrie Murray (21 January 1878 – 26 March 1960) was a Scottish suffrage campaigner and author.

Born in Cardross, Murray was educated at St Leonards School, and then undertook voluntary work with the League of Pity. In 1908, she joined the Women's Franchise League, and was soon appointed its secretary for the whole of Scotland outside the major cities. She became its leading figure in Glasgow, and was president of its Scottish Council in 1913. She opposed the undemocratic nature of the Women's Social and Political Union and so did not become involved with it.[1]

During World War I, Murray worked at a munitions factory and on confidential business, but also found time to write her first novel, The Hidden Tragedy. She stood in Glasgow Bridgeton as an independent candidate at the 1918 general election, the only woman to stand in Scotland at the election, although she did not come close to winning the seat.[1]

After the war, Murray wrote Scottish Women of Bygone Days. She became interested in folklore, and campaigned for the creation of a Scottish folk museum.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Elizabeth Ewan et al, The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women: From the Earliest Times to 2004, pp.278-279