1. Winifred, Countess of Nithsdale (c. 1680–1749)
2. Mary Somerville (1780–1872)
3. Isabella MacDuff, Countness of Buchan (c. 1286–1313)
4. Mairi Chisholm (1896–1981)
Do you want your daughter to be bold and caring, have very strong female friendships, and potentially host Top Gear? Then name her Mairi.
When war was declared in 1914, Scottish-born Mairi (pictured left) and her pal Elsie Knocker became dispatch riders for the Women's Emergency Corps. Mairi impressed a doctor with her hairpin turns and he invited her to join his efforts to help the Belgian troops in Flanders, and Elsie joined her as a driver. They were the only women to live and work in the Belgian front-line trenches during WWI.
They soon decided to start treating the soldiers directly and set up their own dressing station just a hundred yards from the trenches. Not only that, but they were also free agents by that point and had to find time to fundraise for supplies.