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Grisell Baillie was born in her family home in Scotland back in 1822 to George and Mary.  Her father died in 1841 prompting her to move with her brother to Eidon Hall near St. Boswells. An event happened in 1858 that forever changed her, that of course is the rest of the story.

Every Sunday she would leave the house at 9:30AM where she would teach, pray and sing with the children at church returning home at 3:00PM.  She did this for 50 years never missing a day. In 1878, she rad a pamphlet “The National Sin” she gave up her habit of taking a small glass of wine either her meals.  From then on, she embraced total abstinence of alcohol. 

She died in 1891, she was 69.  However, in 1888 her whole life changed for it was in December of that year she was ordained as the first deaconess of the Church of Scotland, thus ensuring her place in history.  The Lady Grisell Baillie Memorial Hospital in Edinburgh is named after her.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... another interesting woman whose history I had no idea about! 

Jun 11, 2017 04:41 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray so many females who have little recognition.... thanks for sharing this one...

Jun 11, 2017 04:55 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. She deserves recognition for her strength of will. Who knew! Enjoy your day!

Jun 11, 2017 05:35 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I am so happy to read this story today. Thank you.

Jun 11, 2017 05:45 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Thought with the alcohol part she had started AA!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 11, 2017 06:09 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

I think she made a mistake giving up that small glass of wine. Ha!Ha!  

Jun 11, 2017 06:36 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I would love to see more women ordained in all sects.  Wisdom has never been gender specific.  A

Jun 11, 2017 07:32 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I always enjoy a story about a woman who was ahead of her time and overcame the inequality she faced.

Jun 11, 2017 08:16 AM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

James Dray  A very interesting story .I learn something new every-time I read your post

Jun 11, 2017 10:27 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you, James for sharing with us the lives of so many remarkable people. 

Jun 11, 2017 05:17 PM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Pulling people out of history has carved out a great niche for you James Dray 

Jun 12, 2017 08:07 PM #11
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