When beginning my current project, which is – very briefly, examining the currently empty knitwear factory of Peter Scott, in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick – I needed to do some more research.
The first place to go is, of course, Wikipedia! Where I discovered that of 28 notable people from the town, only two of them are women. The page has since been updated, and now I’m still unhappy to report that with the addition of Baroness Alison Suttie, the man to woman ratio is now at 9.3:1. Of course, the wikipedia page could be updated at any moment. Saying that, I’ve been watching it intermittently since January, and I’ve seen four men added in that time. I won’t hold my breath, but I will figure out how to edit Wikipedia eventually.
Here’s Hawick’s wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawick
So, I’m on the lookout for the missing female “Noteable residents” of the town of Hawick. I might add them onto this page, or do something else, let’s wait and see. I might make up come criteria for being ‘from’ Hawick. For now, here’s the three women that made it onto Wikipedia’s list:
Dame Isobel Baillie
From my quick googling of Isobel, I’ve discovered that she was a soprano singer (you can find her on iTunes!), and she was born in 1895 and died in 1983.
Here’s her Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isobel_Baillie
Hawick library has a painting of Anne’s, hung far too high on a wall to be appreciated properly. She was born in Galashiels, and moved to Hawick as a child.
Here’s her Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Redpath
Alison Suttie, Baroness Suttie
I’m sure I must have heard of Alison before the 25th of June, and am now wondering how on earth I didn’t know she was from Hawick.
Here’s her Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Suttie,_Baroness_Suttie