Lady Aberdeen 1857-1939

A passionate advocate for social reform, Ishbel Maria Marjoribanks was born in London, England. Following her marriage in 1877 to John Gordon, 7th Earl of Aberdeen, she established several humanitarian associations in Great Britain. Widely respected for her firm public commitment and remarkable organizational skills, Lady Aberdeen served as president of the International Council of women from 1893-1939. During her husband's term as Governor General (1893-1898), she helped form the National Council of Women of Canada and, as the organization's first president, campaigned vigorously for improved living and working conditions for women. Through this work and through her efforts in establishing the Victorian Order of Nurses and the May Court Club, Lady Aberdeen made a significant contribution to Canadian life.


On the grounds of Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Region: Ottawa

County/District: City of Ottawa (District)

Municipality: City of Ottawa