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CodeNA9413
Dates1874-1960
Person NameStewart-Murray; Katharine Marjory (1874-1960); public servant, Duchess of Atholl
SurnameStewart-Murray
ForenamesKatharine Marjory
Epithetpublic servant, Duchess of Atholl
ActivityKatharine Marjory Stewart-Murray (1874-1960), Duchess of Atholl, public servant, was born in Edinburgh on 6 November 1874, the eldest child of Sir James Ramsay, tenth baronet of Banff, East Perthshire, and his wife Charlotte Fanning, daughter of Major William Stewart of Ardvorlich. She was educated at Wimbledon High School and the Royal College of Music. In 1899 she married Sir John George Stewart-Murray (), eighth Duke of Atholl, who succeeded in 1917. In 1918 she became Dame of the British Empire and she was awarded seven honourary doctorates. In 1923 she was elected member of parliament for Kinross and West Perthshire. From 1924-1929 she was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Board of Education. From 1944 she was the chair of the British League for European Freedom. She published 'Women and Politics' (1931), 'The Conscription of a People' (1931), 'Searchlight on Spain' (1938) and her autobiography 'Working Partnership' (1958). She died in Edinburgh on 21 October 1960.
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