Biography of Jane Arthur of Barshaw
Jane Arthur of Balshaw
The Arthur Bursary was instituted in 1892 by Jane Arthur of Barshaw (1827-1907), a prominent campaigner for women's suffrage.
Born in Foxbar in Renfrewshire, Jane Arthur (née Glen) was related to the famous thread manufacturers, the Coats family. In 1847 she married the Paisley draper James Arthur (1819-1885) who went on to establish Arthur & Co, one of Glasgow's most successful wholesale clothing businesses. They lived on a large estate at Barshaw near Paisley and their children included Sir Matthew Arthur, Lord Glenarthur (1852-1928).
In 1873 Jane Arthur became the first woman to stand for and be elected to a school board when she was chosen to serve on the Paisley board. She established the Arthur Bursary in memory of her late husband, to promote the medical education of women.