KATHARINE MARJORY (DUCHESS OF ATHOLL) STEWART-MURRAY - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 152628
KATHARINE STEWART-MURRAY, DUCHESS OF ATHOLL Prominent Scottish Member of Parliament signs name in blue ink Signature: "Katharine Atholl" in blue ink. 4½x2½ irregularly cut card.
Sale Price $63.00
KATHARINE STEWART-MURRAY, DUCHESS OF ATHOLL
Prominent Scottish Member of Parliament signs name in blue ink
Signature: "Katharine Atholl" in blue ink. 4½x2½ irregularly cut card. Katharine Stewart-Murray, Duchess of Atholl (1874-1960) was a Scottish noblewoman, best known for her position in the Scottish Unionist Party. After her marriage to the Marquess of Tullibardine, later the Duke of Atholl, Katherine became active in Scottish social service and local government, eventually serving on the very influential "Highlands and Islands Medical Service Committee", considered a precursor to the United Kingdom's National Health Service. After being appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918, she was elected as a Member of Parliament (1923-1938) and even served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education (1924-1929), becoming the first woman to serve in a Conservative government. Anti-communist and anti-fascist (while using the term "anti-authoritarian"), she opposed Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's Hitler-appeasement policies as well as dissenting against Soviet control over Eastern Europe after World War II. In her book "Searchlight on Spain" (1938), Atholl describes her journey through Spain in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, and declared her support for the Republican side of the conflict after seeing the destruction and abuse of the Nationalist regime (Nazi-supported), earning the nickname "The Red Duchess". Atholl spent her post-Parliament life as Vice-President of the Girls' Publich Day School Trust and writing her memoirs in books such as "Women and Politics" (1931) and "Working Partnership" (1958). Toned. Irregularly cute. Light surface creases. Small stains throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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