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Posted By: GUEST
28-Jul-10 - 07:14 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Jute Mill Song
Subject: RE: Origin: Jute Mill Song
Relative attends ceremony for pioneering trade unionist and Clarion speaker Caroline Martyn
A leading 19th century female trade unionist who died on a visit to Dundee has been commemorated at a ceremony attended by one of her relatives.
Caroline Martyn died in July 1896, aged 29, after a short illness.
She had been visiting the city to recruit female jute workers into the Dundee Textile Workers' Union.
Her great niece Vivienne Flowers travelled from England to speak at the ceremony. It was held in Balgay Cemetery, where Caroline Martyn is buried.
She said she was overwhelmed by the support and love from the Scottish community, and by how much her ancestor is appreciated.
Ms Martyn's grave was rediscovered last year after inquiries by an English historian.
A monument at the burial site has been restored, with its missing column reattached, after detective work by Dundee TUC secretary Mike Arnott.
Mrs Flowers was alerted to the rediscovery after reading an online article in The Courier.
She said, "I did a lot of reading about her and we're terribly proud. We're still quite amazed we didn't know anything about her."
The ceremony, which was attended by around 25 people, was addressed by Lord Provost John Letford.
It closed with a rendition of Mary Brookbank's Jute Mill Song.