23 February 2018

Eleanor Margaret Cropper, Lady Acland (d.1933) by Florence Veric Hardy Small (Nottingham c.1860 - London 1933)

Finally, Eleanor Acland who lived at Killerton. Her dress is the star of a new exhibition there about suffragettes and┬átheir clothes. A┬ánovelist and a passionate suffragette, ‘in 1912 she organised local Women’s Liberal Associations to pass resolutions in support of the 1912 Conciliation Bill. In 1913 she founded the Liberal Women’s Suffrage Union and eventually she stood (unsuccessfully) for parliament.’ Alas, Eleanor’s aunt was anti-suffrage, details here on the National Trust site, and the family was bitterly divided.