Marie Naylor

Marie Naylor

Marie Naylor was born in about 1866. An artist, she studied at the Royal Academy. In 1898 she had a one-woman exhibition at the Galerie Dosbourg in Paris.

On her return to England she joined the National Union of Suffrage Societies and the Central Society for Women's Suffrage. In 1907 she joined the Women Social and Political Union and was arrested during a demonstration outside the House of Commons. However, she was released without charge. In an article she published in the Votes for Women she argued she was willing to "follow these women to prison or to death".

In February 1908 she was arrested for taking part in another demonstration. She was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment in Holloway Prison. On her release she became a regular speaker at WSPU meetings. Emily Blathwayt claimed that she was "one of their (WSPU) best London speakers."

In 1909 Naylor worked alongside Annie Kenney, Clara Codd, Lilian Dove-Wilcox, Vera Holme and Elsie Howey in the West of England campaign. During this period she became a frequent visitor to Eagle House near Batheaston, the home of fellow WSPU member, Mary Blathwayt. Her father, Colonel Linley Blathwayt was sympathetic to the WSPU cause and on 9th April 1910 he planted a tree, a Abies Subalpina, in her honour in his suffragette arboretum in a field adjacent to the house.

In November 1911 she broke a pane of glass in a Home Office window. During her trial she claimed that it was the only act of wilful damage that she had ever committed.

Marie Naylor was living in London during the Second World War and was killed in an air raid in 1940.