1 Pacifist, feminist and suffragette, Springburn-born Agnes Dollan (nee Moir) went to jail for campaigning for fairer rents for Glasgow families during the First World War and helped secure the vote for British women. She was also the first female to stand for election with the city council.

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2 Agnes Moir was one of the eleven children of Henry Moir, a blacksmith, and his wife, Annie Wilkinson. She left school at the age of 11, working briefly in a factory before becoming a telephone operator at the Post Office. It was here, spurred on by discrimination suffered by her colleagues, that she helped set up a trade union for female workers and campaigned for an organisation that was fighting to secure the vote for women.

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3 Agnes met Patrick Dollan, a journalist and member of the Independent Labour Party, via the Clarion Scouts and they were married on September 20, 1912. She became politically active during the Red Clydeside period of Glasgow’s history as an organiser of the 1915 Glasgow Rent Strikes alongside Mary Barbour and Helen Crawfurd. She was jailed briefly in 1917 for protesting about high rents.

Suffragettes in action. PHOTOPRESS 3/8/1939

Suffragettes in action. PHOTOPRESS 3/8/1939

4 After joining the Independent Labour Party around 1915, Dollan became the first female Labour candidate to stand for election to Glasgow City Council in January 1919 and on December 13, 1921, she was elected as councillor for Springburn. She held the position until 1928. Her husband Patrick served as Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1938 to 1941.

5 Agnes was awarded an MBE in George VI’s Birthday Honours list of 1946 for her war efforts as the centre organiser in Glasgow for the Women’s Voluntary Services.