Ellen Johnston

Standard Name: Johnston, Ellen
Birth Name: Ellen Johnston
Pseudonym: Factory Girl
EJ 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.


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March 1848
Six men were killed when troops opened fire on riots against the Poor Law in Glasgow.
By 23 November 1861
A hosiery-maker from Leicester, Ruth Wills , published Lays of Lowly Life.