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May 21, 2012

My Bletherings

A Young Mary Barbour

Mary Rough, as she was then, was born on 22 February 1875 in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire. I’m sure neither she, nor her family were aware at that time that she would go on to have such a profound effect on the men, women & children of Glasgow in her later life.

Mary, my 1st cousin 3 x removed, shares her Grandfather (my 3 x Great Grandfather) with me as our common Ancestor.

She was the third of seven children born to carpet weaver James Rough and his wife Jane Gavin. In 1896 she married David Barbour from Johnstone and the couple settled in Govan, at the time a burgh outside Glasgow, where Mary became politically active, joining the Independent Labour Party. I’m sure at the time it would have been impossible NOT to have strong political feelings, BUT, for a woman of the time to go on…

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