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The Scots Magazine - - Wild About Scotland -

This Royal Mile an­tiques dealer was a dar­ling of the press, thanks to her ec­cen­tric per­son­al­ity and ad­mir­ers in­clud­ing the Queen Mother and Princess Mar­garet. When not mak­ing head­lines due to scan­dalous rob­beries and auc­tion house shenani­gans, she per­formed se­cret acts of char­ity.

At 1.93m (6ft 4in) and 107kg (17 stone), Ir­ish ship­yard labourer “Big Rachel” was an ob­vi­ous choice as an emer­gency spe­cial con­sta­ble dur­ing the Partick Ri­ots of 1875. She and a farm­hand drove away an­gry pro­test­ers.

A suf­fragette, dur­ing the First World War, Evelina founded the Women’s Emer­gency Corps and worked as a nurse in Ser­bia with Elsie Inglis. Af­ter the war she set up an or­phan­age there.

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