Janet Lilian Farie Anderson

Biography of Janet Lilian Farie Anderson

One of the first 100 women to graduate in Law from the University of Glasgow.

Janet was born in 1901, one of seven children in the family of James Farie Anderson and Janet McCall (nee Henderson). Her father was a solicitor in the well-established firm of Anderson & Pattison. Brought up in Glasgow, she was ten at the time of the 1911 Census which reveals that the family lived in some comfort at 11 Grosvenor Terrace in the West End. Sixteen people were recorded that day as sharing a large household, six of whom were servants, including a governess and a nurse, in addition to cooks and maids. At that time the children were being educated at home.

Later, Janet attended St. Andrews University, graduating M.A. in 1923. Although she continued her studies at the Faculty of Law at Glasgow University and graduated LL.B in 1925 she did not go on to practise as a solicitor. She may well have worked in some capacity in law but no details are recorded in the graduate lists of the General Council, in which she is noted as living in Skye by 1950 but with no reference to having an occupation.

The Anderson family did make an alliance through marriage with Maclay, Murray and Spens, the firm that had taken on Madge Easton Anderson as an apprentice in 1917. Janet's sister Nancy married Thomas Patrick Spens in 1924 and their son became a partner in the firm from 1960-1990.


Janet Lilian Farie Anderson
Born 1901.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: LLB, 1925; Law,
Occupation categories: lawyers
Record last updated: 21st Jul 2020

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