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Designed by Perth Suffrage Society President Mrs Scott Murray, as well as a Miss Fleming. c. 1900
Women in Perth were active in seeking the vote from very early on – speeches were given in the street and protests place at Perth City Hall (now Perth Museum).
In the early 1900s, Perth was a place of protest. Many Suffragettes were held in Perth Prison and subjected to the brutal and invasive procedure of ‘force-feeding’. This involved prison staff restraining women and forcing a rubber tube into their mouth whilst mixtures of egg and milk were poured into their stomachs. This was intended to prevent the women from hunger striking.
A 24-hour picket was set up outside of Perth Prison in protest against the mistreatment of women. 3,000 women marched toward the prison, singing the Robert Burns song ‘Scots Wha Hae’, an unofficial Scottish national anthem often sung as a call to rebellion.