Welcome to the website for the Remember Mary Barbour campaign, which aims to create a lasting memorial to one of Glasgow’s greatest heroes.
Among these pages you can find out about Mary Barbour and how she worked tirelessly to change this country’s laws to help families in poverty.
Her capacity to mobilise working class families, especially women, to challenge the power of landlords and the state during the 1915 rent strike led to the passing of one of Europe’s first rent restriction acts.
Elected as Labour councillor for the Fairfield ward in Govan in 1920 she continued to campaign, not only for better homes, but a higher standard of living generally, and fought for free school milk, children’s playgrounds, municipal wash-houses, and an end to slum housing. Mary Barbour also instigated the first birth control clinic in Glasgow.
When she died in 1958 her obituary in the Govan Press said that “there was never a more revered and loved local leader than she was in the heyday of her active life”.
Today she is remembered and inspires in Govan and beyond.
You can also join the campaign and donate to the fundraising appeal for a fitting statue to be erected in memorial to “Granny Barbour”.
For more information on Mary Barbour, the memorial campaign or to find out how you can donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org