Honouring Scotland’s first woman in politics

By April 11, 2019

With the global focus on female empowerment, it is more important than ever to celebrate the women who have paved the way over the past century. Blair Castle & Gardens will be launching a special exhibition on Saturday 30th March in memory of Duchess Kitty of Atholl who went on to become the first Scottish female MP.

Coinciding with the reopening of the castle in time for the Easter holidays and Mother’s Day, the main exhibition will be on Katherine Stewart-Murray, also known as Duchess Kitty. Best remembered for having shaken up parliament with her high principles and disregard for old school tribal politics, the Duchess of Atholl won the Kinross and West Perthshire seat in 1923.

The castle’s archivist has curated an educational and engaging showcase of images and artefacts relating to the time of Duchess Kitty and her work, known most for her lone wolf attitude and interest in women’s and children’s social issues.

Despite being hugely influential, Kitty was no stranger to controversy, her views often opposing that of her party’s. She voted against her female peers on the subject of reducing the age women could vote to 21, and later in her career was forced to leave the Conservative party and stand as an independent candidate due to feeling so strongly against the appeasement of Adolf Hitler. The exhibition will highlight the career of this fascinating woman.

Julia Sim, Head of Sales and Marketing at Blair Castle said:

“It’s so important to acknowledge not only the royal connections Blair Castle has but also the impact some of these individuals had in history too. Our exhibition room has hosted a great deal of artefacts from inspiring women and Duchess Kitty is no exception.

“Whether you are a politics enthusiast or someone who is interested in a fun and educational day out for the family, Blair Castle is the perfect venue. The combination of beautiful settings and interesting historic content, followed by a visit to our Tullibardine Restaurant for some home baking, ensures there is plenty to entertain visitors for the day.”

The Duchess Kitty exhibition will run from 30th March 2019 – 30th October 2019. Access will be included in the entrance fee of £13 per adult, with annual season passes for access to Blair Castle and the grounds available at a cost of just £20 per adult.

For more information on Blair Castle and Atholl Estate please visit www.blair-castle.co.uk.