Miss Frances Slimon

no-picture-square3This may be the Frances Slimon, 19, (1913-1993) living in 1933 with three other women at 19A Eccleston Street, London SW1 (Maggie and Margaret Little and Nellie Carpenter). Only Nellie was there in 1932. The name is not a common combination and with family tells us that she was lobbying at the House of Lords around this time would seem to confirm her seat, perhaps an assistant to Elizabeth Abbott who two years earlier was making an Open Door Council presentation at the Lords, as described on her page. We will leave the puzzle sign for now as information develops.

puzzle-piece2-50 With three other Scots on the table, her birthplace counts for her. Perhaps she is an assistant to Helen Archdale? Or a young activist helping Elizabeth Abbott? Or a friend of Betty Archdale? Or known to Florence McFarlane and helping on Six Point Group work? Any clues in her 1933 flatmates Maggie and Margaret Little and Nellie Carpenter? Her father’s middle name, Little, suggest a connection there. Family sources tell us that Frances (a pianist like her brother) was said at the time to be engaged in lobbying at the House of Lords, which suggests she may have been involved with Elizabeth Abbott’s testimony at the House of Lords in 1931 (though she would have been 17 then) or perhaps in the follow up.


On our suggested line up of Abbott, Slimon, McFarlane, Helen Archdale, Mayo, Marsh, Betty Archdale and Moore, she would be with fellow Scots Elizabeth Abbott and Florence McFarlane. But it is perhaps also possible that if she was an invitee of Betty Archdale, her contemporary, they might have sat together. Quite a strongly Scottish line up, extending to Helen Archdale as well.


Possibly making the most of meeting and talking to as many of the distinguished people she could: already on a table guests with plenty of form.


Frances Anne Eadie Slimon was born in Scotland on 28th June 1913, daughter of Mrs Mary Hamilton Slimon née Irvine and Andrew Little Slimon.[1] The Littles may be relations and suggest Frances is the FAE Slimon we find in the London records in 1933 and 1934 (though no proof it is ours), where she was living with a Maggie and a Margaret Little. The Scotsman of 23rd May 1929 recorded Frances playing the piano (in a duet) at the Edinburgh Festival in an under 18 category.


The 1933 Electoral Register ran from October 1933 to October 1934, during which period she would have become eligible to vote (21 in June 1934) so this could be her.

In 1934/5 an A E Slimon lives in the same place as someone called MacFarlane.

On 6th October 1934 Frances Anne Eadie Slimon, 21, no profession stated, daughter of Andrew Slimon, retired actuary, married James Leonard Conleith Dillon, 25, wine merchant, son of Michael Dillon, farmer, deceased, (FMP and GRO record obtained) in Paddington, both Frances and James living at 37 Lansdowne Crescent, Kensington. James was born on 15th May 1909 and Irish records of 1911 suggest that James was born in Kildare, son of Michael and Annie with a sister Maggie. Frances and James had three sons: Michael, the eldest born in 1935, Shaun and Terry, with grandchildren and great grandchildren of Frances living today.[2] 

In 1938 they were living at 3 Crescent Mansions, Elgin Crescent, Kensington, and Annie Dillon also living with them – perhaps his mother? The electoral rolls of 1953 and 1954 record James living alone at 230 Latymer Court, Hammersmith. James died Q3 1990 in Eastbourne.

Frances and James were at Lansdowne Crescent in 1936, with Annie Dillon and Margaret Josephine Dillon (the latter witnessed her wedding) who were there in 1934 and 1935 and several others. I do not think there is a link with Tess and Theresa Dillon on Table 7.

Frances Anne Eadie Slimon, mother Irvine, died aged 80 in Haymarket, in 1993 (In the Scottish records women are listed under maiden surname and married name).


[1] Ancestry war records and Scotland’s People records

[2] With many thanks to the Dillon family for providing us with family details, including the information that Frances was working at the House of Lords, which seems to clinch her seat at the table.


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