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Ethelwyn Bruce Lemon

Educationist and book collector

In 1943 the University Library received from the executors of one of the University's early women graduates, Ethelwyn Lemon (MA 1897) nearly 1,000 volumes from her library on classical literature, ancient and modern (especially Scottish) history and palaeography. A similar number of volumes of fiction and general literature were bequeathed to the Kirk o' Field College of the University Settlement.

Ethelwyn Lemon was a native of Northumberland and attended Gateshead High School. As an undergraduate she served on the Executive Committee of the SRC for 1895/96, and graduated from the University in the same Arts class as Arthur Berriedale Keith, Sir Stewart Macpherson and Frances Helen Melville. For more than 40 years she was a successful classical coach in Edinburgh, including among her students the families of Lord Oxford and Asquith and of the Haldanes of Cloan. For 20 years she was an Assistant in History at the University, and acted as an Inspector for the Scottish Education Department.

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