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Chartism grew out of disillusionment at the failure of the First Reform Act of 1832 and the limited impact it had had in achieving political and social reform. The Female Association was led by Isabella Wilson Legge (wife of John Legge, stonemason and member of the Aberdeen Working Men’s Association and later Chairman of the Aberdeen Charter Union) and most of the members were mill workers. It campaigned for votes for women as well as men and was one of many similar organisations across the country. The Association issued a statement by the ‘Female Chartists of Aberdeen’ in 1841. Their meeting place was at the Chartist premises at 41 Queen Street.

Related entries: Aberdeen Charter Union, Aberdeen Working Men’s Association and William Lindsay, bookseller.

References: Popular radicalism and working class movements in Aberdeen c.1790-1850 (Robert Duncan, University of Aberdeen thesis, 1976), ‘Artisans and proletarians: Chartism and working class allegiance in Aberdeen, 1838 – 1842 (Robert Duncan, Northern Scotland, 1981), ‘Chartism in Aberdeen: Radical Politics and Culture’ (Robert Duncan, Covenant, Charter, and Party: Traditions of Revolt and Protest in Modern Scottish History, Terry Brotherstone (ed.), Aberdeen University Press, 1989),‘Chartism in Aberdeen’ (Stuart McCalman, Journal of Scottish Labour History Society, 1970) and Aberdeen Women’s Alliance, City Centre Women’s Heritage Walk leaflet, 2014.

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