Looking Back - Annie Swan’s House, Kinghorn

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This photograph, thought to be taken in 1907, is of Annie Swan’s house in Kinghorn.

Born in July 1859, Swan was a journalist and novelist and published more than 200 novels, serials, short stories and other fiction between 1878 until her death in 1943.

She used her maiden name for most of her literary career, but also wrote as David Lyall and later Mrs Burnett Smith.

She was an active Liberal throughout her life and became a well-known suffragist.

Shortly after the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918 gave women the vote in Britain, she was the first female candidate when she stood unsuccessfully for the Maryhill division of Glasgow in the general election of 1922.