Marion Grieve

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Marion Grieve

Marion Grieve (born Marion Sellers Neilson)[1] lived during the Great War and was a known Scottish Suffragette. She lived in Portobello, Edinburgh. Grieve gave up being a suffragette when the war started to assist on the home front and was an active member and supporter of various charities within Portobello.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

There is nothing at this stage known about Grieve's early life. She was married to John Grieve, a coalmaster, and lived with John at Coillesdene House, Joppa.[1]

Campaigning for women's suffrage[edit]

Marion was an active suffragette who took part in a demonstration at the House of Commons in December 1911. There is a rumour that Marion used to pick up stones from the local beach in Joppa and place in her handbag to take to demonstrations.[2]

It is not known if Grieve took part in the Edinburgh to London Suffragette March which started around the 12th October 1912, however it is said that those who disbanded the March stayed at Marion's Home Coillesdene House, Joppa.[4][3]

Marion Greive's Headstone - Portobello Cemetery
Marion Greive's Headstone - Portobello Cemetery

Death and legacy[edit]

Grieve died a widow on 11th October 1938 at her home Coillesdene House, Joppa at the age 90. Her funeral took place at Portobello Cemetery, Edinburgh on Friday 14 October 1938.[1] An Executry Notice for Marion's estate appeared in the paper on Saturday 22 October 1938.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c The Scotsman (1921-1950); Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 14, 1938). "Other 42 -- No Title (Death Notice)". The Scotsman. p. 18, Column 5.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b Foley, Archie (2013). Portobello and the Great War. Amberley Publishing. ISBN 1445611600.
  3. ^ a b Folley, Archie. Portobello & the Great War. ISBN 1445611600.
  4. ^ "The Portobello Reporter" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Classified Ad 40 -- No Title (Executry Notice)". The Scotsman (1921-1950); Edinburgh, Scotland. Classified ad 40 -- no title. (1938, Oct 22). The Scotsman (1921-1950). 22 October 1938. p. 2, Column 2.