Jane Arthur of Barshaw

Biography of Jane Arthur of Barshaw

Jane Arthur of Balshaw
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.


Jane Arthur of Barshaw
Campaigner for Women's Suffrage

Born 18 November 1827.
Died 25 May 1907.
University Link: Benefactor
Occupation categories: public servants
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Record last updated: 18th Jun 2008

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