International Women’s Day: A spotlight on Scottish authors in our records

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International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March acknowledges the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. Each March, we also commemorate Women’s History Month which highlights the contributions that women have made to society throughout the years.

2022 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories, which celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, created or written in Scotland. Exploring the records available on the ScotlandsPeople website and other published resources, we spotlight three very different, but remarkable Scottish authors and their achievements for IWD: Annie Shepherd Swan, Josephine Tey and Dorothy Dunnett.

ScotlandsPeople is a unique treasure-trove of information. It is the official Scottish Government website which provides access to digital images of statutory registers of births, deaths and marriages, census returns, church records, legal records and more.

Annie Shepherd Swan CBE (1859-1943), novelist [Married name Burnett Smith, pseudonym David Lyall]

A photograph of Annie S Swan…

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