Midlothian’s 100 Objects - Dalkeith Co-op Women’s Guild

Scottish Co-operative Women's Guild, Dalkeith Branch banner. Photo: Dalkeith History Society/Scran

Scottish Co-operative Women's Guild, Dalkeith Branch banner. Photo: Dalkeith History Society/Scran

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The Dalkeith branch of the Scottish Co-operative Women’s Guild ran from 1917.

This banner was displayed at meetings and social events. The branch met locally and either held discussions or were given lectures on themes such as the furtherance of cooperation, suffrage, home rule and pension schemes.

The banner is burgundy in colour and painted with the decoration ‘MUSSELBURGH AND FISHERROW CO-OP SOCIETY DALKEITH BRANCH’. Central the the banner is the Dalkeith coat-of-arms, which features castle turrets over a shield, flanked by two armour-suited guards.

Underneath is the legend ‘Olim Custodes Semper Defensores’, which loosely means’ Once the Guardian, Always the Defender’. The banner is trimmed with gold braid.

The Co-operative Women’s Guild was formed in 1883 and a Scottish section followed within a decade. Its primary motives were teaching and spreading principles of co-operation, and gave women a new democratic voice.

Photo: Dalkeith History Society/Scran

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