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Ellen Johnston is one of the few working-class Victorian women whose poetry made it into print in volume form. Along with her autobiography, her poems provide invaluable evidence of the limited opportunities—material, social, and discursive—available to an independent and articulate woman of the industrial working classes at that time in Scotland, as well as testimony to the powerful sense of pride in her community and her own abilities that sustained her will to write. Her work has recently received serious critical attention after more than a century of neglect.
About 1835 EJ was born at Muir Wynd, Hamilton, Lanarkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably spring 1854 The Glasgow Examiner published EJ's poem "Lord Raglan's Address to the Allied Armies". Bibliographic Citation link.
Late 1867 EJ's Autobiography, Poems, and Songs of Ellen Johnson, the 'Factory Girl' was published by subscription in Glasgow by William Love. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 June 1868 EJ wrote a petition to Prime Minister Disraeli that resulted in a grant of £50 from the Royal Bounty. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 April 1874 A woman who was probably the factory worker and autobiographer EJ died at the Barony or Barnhill Poorhouse at Springburn near Glasgow. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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