Edith Archibald

Edith Jessie Archibald (1854 - 1936)

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Edith Jessie Archibald
Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canadamap
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Died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 5 May 2014 | Last significant change: 19 Dec 2018
04:51: Walter Steesy edited the Biography for Edith Jessie Archibald (1854-1936). (Removed space before opening double equals in heading) [Thank Walter for this]
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Edith Jessie Archibald was a Canadian suffragist and writer who led the Maritime Women's Christian Temperance Union (WTCU) and the National Council of Women of Canada and the Local Council of Women of Halifax. She was designated a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada in 1997

Edith Jessie Archibald

Edith Archibald was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1854,her parents were Sir Edward Mortimer Archibald and Catherine Elizabeth Richardson Edith received some of her early education in London and New York, where her father was British Consul General.

Edith[1] married her second cousin Charles Archibald in 1874, a mining engineer he became vice-president of the Bank of Nova Scotia. They had four children,Edith spent a lot of her time on social causes like the the movement to establish a children's hospital in Halifax, the Nova Scotia Red Cross, and the Halifax Victorian Order of Nurses. For her numerous activities she was dubbed Lady of Grace by George V, and received a recommendation by the Order of Jerusalem for her war work.

Edith kept herself occupied by leading saloon raids with the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU),It was when Charles and Eidth moved to[2]. Halifax that Edith's activism flourished she nearly accomplished her goal of acquiring the vote for Nova Scotia's women within the first year of her arrival in the city, her efforts finally succeeding in 1918. Edith was a leader in the National Council of Women of Canada and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). She was president of the Local Council of Women of Halifax from 1896 to 1906 and president of the Halifax VON from 1897 to 1901

In later [3]life she wrote poetry, short stories and articles and was the author two books. Her first, published in 1924, was a biography of her father titled Life and Letters of Sir Edward Mortimer Archibald, K.C.M.G., C.B.. The second, The Token, was a novel published in 1930.[4] Edith died in 1936, in 1997, she was designated a[5] Person of National Historical Significance by the Government of Canada because of her work with women's rights.



  1. Family Search - Citing this Record"Canada, Marriages, 1661-1949," index, FamilySearch ,Charles Archibald and Edith Archibald, 02 Jan 1874; citing New Fork, Nova Scotia, reference P296-CN400; FHL microfilm 1298666
  2. Family Search - Citing this Record "Canada Census, 1891," index, FamilySearch ), Edith Archibald, Cow Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148111
  3. Google Books - 100 Canadian Heroines Famous and Forgotten Faces By Merna Forster - page 35 The Cow Bay Saloon Raider Edith Jessie Archibald 1854-1936
  4. Family Search - Citing this Record "Nova Scotia, Vital Records, 1763-1957," index, FamilySearch, Edith Archibald, 1936, Death; citing p. 364, volume 164, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  5. heroines.ca - National Historic Persons of Canada - Women The following women have been designated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as national historic persons of Canada.

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On 8 Dec 2016 at 23:34 GMT Linda Kendrick wrote:

My 12th cousin twice removed. First common ancestor is: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Clinton-920

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