Lady Frances Balfour (1858-1931) is the last of the British leaders of the votes for women campaign in Great Britain to have a biography. She is also the only member of the aristocracy and the only Scot to have had a British leadership role in the campaign.  She was one of the best-known women of her day, yet today she is hardly known by students of women’s history, much less the general public.

She was the tenth of twelve children born to the 8th Duke and Duchess of Argyll. Her birth occurred in London, but her ancestral home was Inveraray Castle in Argyllshire in Scotland (You saw it in ‘Downton Abbey’ when the Crawleys went to Scotland for a short vacation – and where they picked up Rose).

Look for the book, LADY FRANCES: FRANCES BALFOUR ARISTOCRAT SUFFRAGIST, soon to be available at bookstores and at;; and .

Published by

Joan B. Huffman, PhD

Professor Emerita of History, Middle Georgia State University Published in 20th Century Britain, an Encyclopedia; The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; American National Biography; Biographical Dictionary of Modern British Radicals; Biographical Dictionary of Modern Peace Leaders; The London Journal; Encyclopedia of the 1848 Revolutions Member of Georgia Association of Historians (first woman president); Southern Conference of British Studies; Georgia Humanities Council; American Historical Association; North American Conference on British Studies; Southern Association of Women Historians (among others) Phi Beta Kappa

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