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Commemorative Plaques Record Details

Lilias Gillespie Skene (1626 - 1697)

Picture of the Palque

Location : Religious Society of Friends’ Meeting House, Crown Street

Area : Central Aberdeen

Plaque Type : Yellow

About Lilias Gillespie Skene : Quaker Poet. She joined Aberdeen’s Quaker community in 1666 at a time when the sect was subject to prolonged persecution and her husband, Baillie Alexander Skene of Newtyle, was imprisoned in the Tolbooth for his religious beliefs. The author of a volume of poems and godly ballads entitled On Growing Tryalls, she also wrote several other poems relating to the history of the Quakers in the period 1668-1681. She is buried in the Quaker cemetery at Kingswells.