Flora Mckinnon Gibson (Drummond) (1878-1949) A Leading Suffragette with a connection with Arran.

By Jim Henderson The 7th of January marks sixty-nine years since the death of ‘The General’, Flora McKinnon Drummond, suffragette. Flora’s mother Sarah Cook was married to Francis Gibson a tailor who went south to find work in Manchester. Flora was born in Manchester on the 4th August 1878, shortly afterwards within a year or …

And finally

The respected scientific journal Bioscience has in its November issue published a letter signed by 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries, headed “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice“. 25 years ago concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and …

Scottish CND Branch on Arran

Despite dreadful weather, 24 people attended an interesting meeting at the Ormidale Pavilion in Brodick about nuclear disarmament. The meeting heard from the Rev. John Webster about the history of CND and the long standing policy of the Church of Scotland in favour of nuclear disarmament. Elsa Rodeck and Isla Blair of Arran Women in …

People of Arran hit by Tory pension age hike

Tory plans to raise the state pension age to 68 from 2037, seven years earlier than planned, will affect up to 500 people on Arran it has been revealed. Figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) show that 13,999 men and women born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978 and living in …