Mary Brooksbank (1897-1978)

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Mary Brooksbank (1897-1978)

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Mary Brooksbank, nee Soutar was a mill girl, political activist, singer, violinist and poet. She lived in Dundee from the age of 8 or 9 and was largely self-educated, having left school at 11. Before working in the mills, she was briefly in domestic service. A long-time member of the Communist Party, she was expelled after criticising Stalin. Through her later years she entertained widely in the locality, singing, reciting her poetry, appearing often on TV and radio.


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