Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of

Biography: Born London 1857, youngest daughter of the first Baron Tweedmouth, Sir Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, and his wife Isabella. She was educated privately and had a strong sense of social responsibility. From a young age she dedicated herself to religious and humanitarian pursuits. She married John Campbell Gordon, 7th Earl of Aberdeen, in 1877. She created the Haddo House Association, which was an educational and recreational project for tenants of Aberdeenshire estates. It grew to extend its membership throughout Britain and its dominions. Lady Aberdeen also used her status to develop interest in issues affecting women. During her husband's first lord lieutenancy in Ireland (1886-1892), Lady Aberdeen distributed hand looms to promote Irish cottage weaving industries, and did the same in Canada during his lieutenancy there (1893-1898). She was elected president for the International Congress of Women in 1893, which aimed to improve the social and economic position of women and promote peace - in this role, she successfully advocated the opening of all posts in the secretariat of the League of Nations to women as well as men. She founded the Victorian Order of Nurses in 1898, starting the first dominion-wide health service, and began working with the Red Cross Society and the National Council of Women. During the Gordons second term in Ireland (1905-1914), Ishbel focussed on public health and housing, setting up the Women's National Health Association in 1907, establishing sanatoriums for tuberculosis and promoting exhibitions on health. However, she was less popular with the people of Ireland during this time, being seen as a "Lady Bountiful", and unionists regularly boycotted her receptions. In 1915, the earl of Aberdeen was advanced in the peerage, and they became marquess and marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair. She received many honours: she was the first female justice of the peace, she was appointed GBE in 1931, and she received honorary LLDs from the University of Aberdeen in 1929 and the Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. She was given the freedom of the city of Edinburgh in 1928. She died at Aberdeen, in April 1939.

Biography Date: 1857-1939

Biography References: LOC; DNB; Roll of Graduates 1926-55, 1149;


Book List

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Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of The lighter side of Irish life. Birmingham, G.A. London 1911
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Modern Ireland and her agrarian problem. Bonn, M. J. Dublin 1906
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Liber Ardmachanus: The Book of Armagh Gwynn, J. Dublin 1913
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of The light on Ireland / by Pamela Hinkson Hinkson, P. London 1935
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Types of Celtic life and art. Hitchcock, F. R. M. Dublin 1909
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Seventy years of Irish life: being anecdotes and reminiscences. Le Fanu, W. R. London 1914
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Home life in Ireland. Lynd, R. London 1909
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Irish recollections. McCarthy, J. London 1911
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Celtic Ireland / by Eoin MacNeill. MacNeill, E. Dublin 1921
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Ireland in the new century. Plunkett, H. C. London 1904
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of The Scots gard'ner, together with the gard'ners kalendar. Reid, J. London 1907
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of The English flower garden: style, position, and arrangement. Robinson, W. London 1883
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of The national being: some thoughts on an Irish policy. Russell, G. W. New York 1916
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of The world's debt to the Irish / by James J. Walsh. Walsh, J. J. Boston 1926
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Medicine in antient Erin: an historical sketch from Celtic to mediaeval times. Wellcome, H. S., Sir London 1909
Aberdeen and Temair, Ishbel, Lady New Ireland review. 1896
Aberdeen and Temair, Lady Ishbel Irish ways. Barlow, J. London 1911
Aberdeen, Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness Archie Gordon: an album of recollections. Aberdeen and Temair, John Campbell Hamilton-Gordon, Marquess of 1910
Aberdeen, Ishbel, Lady Historical ballad poetry of Ireland / arranged by M. J. Brown, with an introd. by Stephen J. Brown. Brown, M. J. Dublin and Belfast 1912
Aberdeen, Ishbel, Lady Anecdotes of the Connaught circuit: From its foundation in 1604 to close upon the present time / by Oliver J.... Burke, O. J. Dublin 1885
Aberdeen, Ishbel, Lady Old Irish life. Callwell, J. M. Edinburgh 1912
Aberdeen, Ishbel, Lady Ireland from the Union to Catholic emancipation: a study of social, economic, and administrative conditions, 1800-1829. Chart, D. A. London 1910
Aberdeen, Ishbel, Lady Songs from Leinster. Letts, W. M. London 1913
Aberdeen, Ishbel, Lady The Pope's green island. Ryan, W. P. London 1912
Aberdeen, Lady Ishbel The Irish song book, with original Irish airs. Graver, A. P. London 1905
Aberdeen, Lady Ishbel To-day and to-morrow in Ireland: essays on Irish subjects. Gwynn, S. L. Dublin 1903