Flora Ellen (Helen) Smith

On 28th August 1913 Flora Smith and fellow Suffragette Winnie Wallace, hid on a golf course at Lossiemouth where the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith, was playing with his daughter Violet. As they reached the 17th green the ladies suddenly appeared, grabbed him by the coat and shook him, knocking his hat off.

The Suffragettes were brought to the clubhouse where the crowd jeered at them. 'The Globe' newspaper reported that the women wore green and white jerseys and were 20 and 30 years of age. On 29th August the ladies appeared before the Sheriff at Elgin where they were committed to prison but bail was later fixed at £10 each. When asked to stand, the ladies refused saying they could hear just as well sitting as standing. When asked a second time Flora said "Oh! We had better stand up to please them."

They pled not guilty to assaulting the Prime Minister and Breach of the Peace, and bail was reduced to £5. They were brought to Inverness for trial and the case against them was dropped.

Flora's case can be examined in a file held by National Records of Scotland.