Liberal Hearts and Coronets: The Lives and Times of Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon and John Campbell Gordon, the Aberdeens
Scottish aristocrats John Campbell Gordon (1847–1934) and Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon (1857–1939), known as the Aberdeens, rejected both revolution and reaction in their political careers. The aristocratic progressivism and egalitarian marriage of these fervent liberals confounded both contemporaries and historians. John, as viceroy of Ireland and governor-general of Canada, was a notable ally of feminists, workers, and Irish Home Rulers. Ishbel, his viceregal companion and the long-time president of the International Council of Women, was a liberal feminist and Home Ruler whose commitments stirred up even more controversy.
Superbly written and informed by decades of research, Liberal Hearts and Coronets is the first biography to treat John Campbell Gordon as seriously as his better-known wife. Examining the Aberdeens’ remarkable careers as landlords, philanthropists, and international progressives, Veronica Strong-Boag casts the twilight of the British aristocracy in an entirely new light.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 384 pages
- Illustrations: 15
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
‘Strong-Boag’s research on the Aberdeens is exhaustive and her assessment of them even-handed… This is history with its many strands intertwines with critical biography and it is very, very good.
BC Studies February 2016
‘This book provides a window into social reform agendas and methods over the course of several decades, in multiple socio-political contexts, and the complicated dynamics that determine their outcomes.’
Canadian Historical Review vol 97:02:2016
‘Veronica Strong-Boag’s joint biography of Lord and Lady Aberdeen draws upon comprehensive research, and her grasp of detail is flawless… This book offers a valuable wider perspective on imperial administrators who form an important part of Canada’s history.’
British Journal of Canadian History vol 30:01:2017
“Liberal Hearts and Coronets convincingly argues that the Aberdeens provide us with invaluable insight into the political and social worlds of Great Britain and the Empire during the fascinating years of high imperialism and its decline after the First World War. Strong-Boag’s research is impressive. Her analysis is sure and deft.”
Jane Errington, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Royal Military College of Canada
“Veronica Strong-Boag’s double biography of the Aberdeens offers a unique and meaningful opportunity to reflect on the history of the British aristocracy and the transformation of gender roles, family life, and politics. This is a very good story and an important one.”
Dominique Marshall, Department of History, Carleton University
Veronica Strong-Boag is a professor emerita at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia.
Table of contents
1. The Making of A Responsible Man: George Campbell Hamilton-Gordon to 1877
2. The Dutiful Daughter: Ishbel Maria Hogg Marjoribanks to 1877
3. Forging a Partnership 1877–1886
4. Extending the Field of Labour, 1886–1898
5. From Hope to Heartache 1899–1915
6. Faithful Unto Death 1915–1939
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