Image from My Canadian memories (1920)

Sarah Broom Macnaughtan

26 October 1864 – 24 July 1916


Sarah Broom Macnaughtan was a Scottish-born novelist.

Born in Partick, Scotland, the fourth daughter and sixth child of Peter Macnaughtan and Julia Blackman, she was home schooled by her father. After her parents died, she moved to Kent in England, then to London.There she would embark on a career as a writer, with her first novel, Selah Harrison, being published in 1898. The best known of her works were The fortune of Christina M'Nab (1901), A lame dog's diary (1905), and The expensive Miss Du Cane (1900). She became well-traveled, journeying to, among other locations, Canada, South America, South Africa, the Middle East and India. Sarah participated in the women's suffrage movement, aided victims of the Balkan war, performed social services for the poor in London's East End, and worked for the Red Cross during the Second Boer War.

During the outbreak of the First World War, she volunteered with the Red Cross Society. In September 1914 she travelled to Antwerp in Belgium as part of an ambulance unit. Following the evacuation of the city, she provided assistance in northern France, opening a soup kitchen in Adinkerke. For her work under fire in Belgium, she received the Order of Leopold. Later in the war she began a journey to Russia where she planned to provide medical assistance. However, during the trip through Persia she became ill and had to return to England, where she died from her illness. She was buried in the family plot in Chart Sutton.

An unfinished manuscript became the basis for her book, My Canadian memories, which was finished by her friend Beatrice Home and published in 1920. MacNaughtan Road in Leaside was named after her in payment for her writing services.

Sarah Macnaughtan is one of the 14 main characters of the series 14 - Diaries of the Great War. She is played by actress Celia Bannerman.

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