VIOLET, Duchess of Montrose, is a daughter of Sir Frederick Graham. Bart., of Netherby, in the old Debatable Land, and was married to the Duke of Montrose in 1876. Her Grace counts among her ancestors the witty Richard Brinsley Sheridan and his wife, the beautiful Miss Linley, and it was therefore not without reason of more than one kind that she was one of the four duchesses chosen to carry the canopy over Queen Alexandra at her coronation. The Duchess devotes a large part of her time to the charitable enterprises of the West of Scotland, and, with a gift of ready and graceful speech, she is in constant request to countenance and commend works of philanthropy and benevolence. Besides a nursing home of her own in Govan, she manages Mrs. Elder's Cottage Hospital there, and assists in the management of the late Lady Campbell of Garscube's Hospital for Permanently Invalided Soldiers at Maryhill. And during the Boer War she was engaged busily in organising and administering the invaluable help of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association. Her Grace also built and carries on the Montrose Home at Balmaha, where all summer long by thirty at a time poor city children are entertained for a fortnight each in the sunny mountain air by Loch Lomondside.

    Her Grace was made an LL.D. (honorary) of Glasgow University in May, 1907.

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