5. Effie Gray

Euphemia Chalmers Gray, affectionately known as Effie, was born in Perth in 1828.

At 19 she married John Ruskin after her family had encouraged a match between the two. He had previously written ‘The King of the Golden River’ for her when she was 12, and he, 21.

Five years later the marriage was annulled after he failed to consummate the pairing and almost immediately she married Pre- Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. This famous Victorian love triangle has been dramatised in plays, films, and an opera.

On marrying John, Effie became Lady Millais and, although she enjoyed a happy marriage and eight children, her reputation was marred by the annulment and Queen Victoria only accepted her into court towards the end of her life.

Little is known of her work as an artist; as an author she wrote ‘Selling Light’ and a collection of her personal letters has been published.