Mary Leigh

Standard Name: Leigh, Mary


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Family and Intimate relationships Cassandra Cooke
CC 's sister Mary was thirteen years older, was married (to a cousin, Thomas Leigh of Adlestrop and Stoneleigh) on 3 November 1762, and died in early February 1797.
Le Faye, Deirdre. A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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She left a...
politics Constance Lytton
Watching the prisoners exercising in the yard, helpless and useless like beads disconnected from a necklace, CL had imagined them threaded together by means of the women's movement into a great organised band, a co-ordinated...
politics Dora Marsden
This episode contributed to the drive towards the force-feeding of jailed suffragists.
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
The women's release was questioned by the Pall Mall Gazette and the Southport Visitor, the latter of which called it a...
Textual Production Cassandra Cooke
The future CC wrote a poem, From Miss Cassandra Leigh to her Sister, felicitating the much older Mary on her engagement.
Le Faye, Deirdre. A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family. Cambridge University Press, 2006.


30 June 1908
The first act of damage was committed by Women's Social and Political Union supporters Edith New and Mary Leigh , when they stoned the windows of 10 Downing Street.
18 September 1909
Women's Social and Political Union members Mary Leigh and Charlotte Marsh , imprisoned in Winson Green , Birmingham, began fasting; they were ordered by Home Secretary Herbert Gladstone to be forcibly fed.
9 December 1909
The Lord Chief Justice ruled in favour of forcible feeding of suffragists, arguing that it was the duty of the prison medical officer to prevent prisoners from committing suicide.
July 1912
The Irish Women's Franchise League organised peaceful protests around Prime Minister Asquith 's visit to Dublin, but English suffragettes travelled to Dublin and demonstrated violently.
20 August 1912
Despite public opposition, English suffragettes Gladys Evans and Mary Leigh were force-fed in Ireland; this was the first example of force-feeding women prisoners there.