Skelton, Isabel

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Skelton, Isabel

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1877-1956

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Isabel Skelton, an author based in Kingston, Ontario, was born Isabel Murphy in 1877 in Antrim, Ontario. She entered Queen's University in 1897, where she studied History and English. In 1901, she received a Master of Arts degree from Queen's University. She also won the University Medal in History. After her marriage to Oscar Douglas Skelton in 1904, the couple was closely associated with Queen's, where he was Dean of Arts. In 1925, she moved to Ottawa, where her husband worked with the Department of External Affairs until his death in 1941. After her husband's death, Isabel Skelton moved to Montreal, where she spent the rest of her life.
Isabel was the author of many books. She wrote about literature and history and is considered the first historian to treat women from Canada's past individually rather than a generalized category. Her books included "The Backswoods woman"; "The Chronicle of Pioneer Home Life in Upper and Lower Canada" (1924); "The Life of Thomas D'Arcy McGee" (1925) and "William Bell: A Man Austere, Parson and Pioneer". (1947).

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