Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Women Warriors - Scottish Broadsword Champion Jean Gordon
In 1897, Miss Jean Gordon (aged 24) announced her intention to meet all comers with the sword in the Boston Illustrated Police News! She had recently defeated a Captain Tom Shields in Boston.
The paper noted that she was "very pleasant and modest in demeanour"!
In 1895, she had met the noted swordswoman Ella Hattan, also known as "Jaguarina", in a broadsword bout. One of the judges was Col. Thomas Monstery, who had trained Ella. It was reported in the Daily Inter Ocean, but I've been unable to discover who won that fight, or even if the fight actually took place.