Partner Vera Holme, Margaret Ker

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Dunearn House, Lochearnhead FK19 8PX, UK

Margaret Campbell Greenlees (1880-1952) and Vera Holme were both active members of the Women's Rural Institute in Lochearnhead. Stirling Council Archives holds the group's minutes which can be viewed in the Archives' searchroom. Vera's signature is frequently found in the minute books for meetings she chaired. Many of the meetings were hosted by Margaret and Vera in their home.

Vera Holme and Evelina Haverfield lived together from 1911 until Haverfield’s death in 1920. After that, when Holme was working in Serbia in the 1920s as an ambulance and relief lorry driver for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, she met two women, Margaret Greenlees and Margaret Ker, with whom she later formed a ménage à trois in Scotland. They were known as the ‘Ladies of Lochearnhead’. By 1939, Margaret Kerr had moved out.

Margaret Louise Ker (born 1892) was the daughter of Dr Alice Ker (1853-1943) who was also active in the suffrage movement. Margaret was involved in militant activity; setting fire to a letterbox in Liverpool resulted in her being charged for arson and imprisoned for three months in 1912. Years later, whilst living in Lochearnhead it appears she may have helped run the local coffee house and hall for a period. According to the Electoral Registers, it appears that Margaret had moved out of Allt Grianach by 1939 although she remained in Lochearnhead living with relatives.  

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