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Florence Priscilla McLaren
|Died||1 March 1964|
|Spouse(s)||Sir Henry Norman, 1st Baronet (m. 1907)|
|Mother||Laura Elizabeth Pochin|
|Father||Charles McLaren, 1st Baron Aberconway|
Priscilla was the fourth child and second daughter of Charles McLaren, 1st Baron Aberconway and Laura Elizabeth Pochin. Her brothers were the Liberal politicians Henry D McLaren and Francis McLaren. In 1907 she married, as his second wife, Sir Henry Norman, 1st Baronet, a noted journalist and then Liberal MP for Wolverhampton South, who lost this seat in the first election of 1910 but then gained Blackburn in the second election of that year. Amongst the causes Sir Henry helped promote as a politician was women's suffrage of which Lady Norman was herself an active supporter of women's suffrage but not a militant. She held the post of Hon. Treasurer of the Liberal Women's Suffrage Union. Like her grandparents who started Bodnant Gardens, Priscilla was a keen horticulturist. When she and her husband acquired Ramster Hall, Surrey she was instrumental in setting out rhododendrons and azaleas in the gardens. The gardens were opened to public view under the National Gardens Scheme from 1927 and continue to be opened under that scheme.
After the creation of the Imperial War Museum in 1917 she became chair of one of its subcommittees and was instrumental in ensuring that the contributions of women during the war were recorded and included in the museum's collections. Having an interest in mental health issues, she became the first woman to be appointed to the board of the Royal Earlswood Hospital in 1926. During the Second World War she was a driver for the Women's Voluntary Service in London.
The archives of Lady Norman are held at the Women's Library in London.
- "Papers of Lady Florence Priscilla Norman, 1871-1922". Women's Library Archives. GB 106 7NOR. Retrieved 31 August 2018 – via Archives Hub.
- "Lady Florence Priscilla Norman (1883-1964)". Exploring Surrey's Past. 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
- French, Patrick (6 January 2011) . "Norman, Sir Henry, first baronet (1858–1939)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/61020. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)