Women of Moray explores in detail the lives of more than seventy women connected to Moray: from Gruoch, the first named Queen of Scotland (better known as Lady Macbeth) to the traveller born in the bow tent at Mortlach; from the Garmouth nurse caught up in the Serbian Retreat of the First World War to the girl from Pluscarden who became the spymaster of British agents in Albania during the Second World War; from Isobel Gowdie, the most famous witch in Europe, to Jessie Kesson, the author of The White Bird Passes. Some of these women are known across Scotland, a few are known across the world, but this book celebrates the remarkable lives of many women of Moray who have rarely been publicly recognised. Their stories are put in the context of the social and political conditions of their day. Many women overcame poverty, prejudice and persecution. Others made notable achievements in the worlds of education, medicine, science and the arts. Whether from the castle or the close each woman’s story has something to say about the changing situation of women’s lives over the centuries.
Women of Moray was shortlisted for the Scottish History Book of the Year by the Saltire Society. Although it did not win the catagory the judges commented ‘An important addition to both local history and women’s history and an excellent example of a local study.’
All royalties from the book go to Moray Women’s Aid.