Clara Brett Martin
802 Clara Brett Martin
Actor Patricia Fagan
Seen On the Waterfront Part 2,
The Murdoch Appreciation Society,
Election Day
Gender Female
Status Historical
Relationships Julia Ogden, Emily Grace, clients
Job Lawyer, Suffragette
Comments This is an article about a fictional representation of an historical character, location or other entity.
Clara Brett Martin is the first female lawyer in all of the British Empire. She also paved the way for all female Canadian lawyers in the future, introduced in Season 8 of Murdoch Mysteries, portrayed by Patricia Fagan.


Clara Brett Martin accomplished all this and more. From a well-to-do Anglican-Irish family, she went to Trinity College and received a Bachelor in Mathematics at the age of sixteen. After applying to become the first female lawyer, her cause was supported by reputable people such as Lady Aberdeen and Emily Stowe, the first female doctor in Canada.

Appearances and Mentions

On the Waterfront Part 2

  • Clara Brett Martin first appears in court as the women are being read their charges. She asks to act as lawyer to the four women facing charges, and both they and judge agree to it. Later on, the charges on the other women were dropped, save for Emily.
  • After being released, Julia meets with Clara, who talks about how it took a year for the Law Society to decide that "person" in their statute included women. Together, the women come up with a plan to save Dr. Grace.
  • Julia and Clara meet with the Crown Prosecutor, telling him about Leslie Garland's past misdeeds, and warn him they will press charges unless they drop the charges against Emily.
  • At Dr. Grace's trial, the judge asks if Clara Brett Martin had prepared a defense, which she had, but the Prosecutor announces that they've dropped all charges due to new information. The judge expresses disappointment at not seeing her at work, but Miss Martin assures him that he'll hopefully see her one day.

The Murdoch Appreciation Society (episode)

Election Day



Murdoch Mysteries Season 8
"On the Waterfront Part 1" • "On the Waterfront Part 2" • "Glory Days" • "Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!" • "Murdoch Takes Manhattan" • "The Murdoch Appreciation Society (episode)" • "What Lies Buried" • "High Voltage" • "The Keystone Constables" • "Murdoch and the Temple of Death" • "All That Glitters" • "The Devil Wears Whalebone" • "The Incurables" • "Shipwreck" • "Crabtree Mania" • "Toronto's Girl Problem" • "Election Day" • "Artful Detective" •
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