Mrs Rosaline Masson

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Married

Born: 1835

Died: 1915

Education: Bedford College

Occupation: Wife of professor

Main Suffrage Society: ENSWS

Society Role: ENSWS executive committee member (1874); honorary secretary (1877)

1866 Petition: Yes

Petition Area: 3 Roseberry Crescent, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland


Other sources:
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866?1928 (2001); Leah Leneman, A Guid Cause: The Women's Suffrage Movement in Scotland (1991)

Further Information:

Family information: Married David Masson in 1853, a radical thinker and friend of J S Mill, and also Prof. of English Literature at Edinburgh University. Their daughter, also Rosaline, was later active in the suffrage campaign.

Additional Information: After signing the 1866 petition, Rosaline became involved with the Edinburgh NSWS.

Other Suffrage Activities: Rosaline was a member of the Ladies Edinburgh Debating Society, as was her daughter Florence and other daughter, also named Rosaline. Her daughter Rosaline would later join the Conservative and Unionist Women's Franchise Association (CUWFA) in 1909, becoming the Edinburgh branch honorary secretary in 1913. She also spoke at meetings of the NUWSS. Rosaline's husband David was an avid supporter of women's suffrage and higher education. He spoke publicly in favour of women's suffrage and was a member of the governing council of the London School of Medicine for Women.

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