Ishbel Marie Gordon (Marchioness of Aberdeen & Temair)


Born 1857 London, England; died 1939 Aberdeen, Scotland; supporter of local government franchise for women in 1880s; publicly endorsed women suffrage in 1909 at Toronto meeting of the International Council of Women ; feminist activist and social reformer; presidencies included the English and Scottish Women’s Liberal Associations, the National Council of Women of Canada, and the International Council of Women.

 Further reading:

Marjorie Pentland, A Bonnie Fechter: the life of Ishbel Marjoribanks, Marchioness of Aberdeen & Temair, G.B.E., LL.D., J.P., 1857 to 1939 (London: B.T. Batsford, 1952)

Doris French, Ishbel and the Empire: A Biography of Lady Aberdeen (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1988),

Ishbel Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, The Musings of a Scottish Granny (London: Heath Cranton Ltd., 1936),

Maureen Keene, Ishbel: Lady Aberdeen in Ireland (Colourpoint Books, 1999).

Ishbel Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair and John Middleton, Through Canada with a Kodak (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994)

Ishbel Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair,  Journal of Lady Aberdeen: the Okanagan Valley in the Ninties (Victoria, BC: Morriss, 1986).

John and Ishbel Gordon, Marquis and Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, “We Twa”: Reminiscences of Lord and Lady Aberdeen (London: W. Collins Sons & Co., 1925), 2 v.

The Petticoat Expeditions (Montreal: National Film Board of Canada, 1997); dvd and video.

Veronica Strong-Boag

Veronica Strong-Boag

Veronica Strong-Boag, Ph.D, FRSC, is a Canadian historian specializing in the modern history of women and children in Canada. She is Professor Emerita of Women's History at the University of British Columbia. In 1988 she won the John A. Macdonald Prize (awarded to the best book in Canadian history) for her study of the lives of women in Canada between the wars, entitled The New Day Recalled. In 1993–94 she served as president of the Canadian Historical Association. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2001. In July 2012 the Royal Society of Canada announced that Strong-Boag would be awarded the J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal "for outstanding work in the history of Canada."