Ellen King was one of Scotland’s greatest swimmers. In the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928, she won two silver medals for the 150 yards backstroke and the ladies relay race. King spent most of her life in Edinburgh and swam at the Warrender Baths Club. She won all Scottish Championship titles from 50 to 440 yards, and won six British Championships during her career. She broke the world records for the 220 yards breaststroke and the 150 yards backstroke in 1927 and 1928. After her amateur career, King taught swimming in Edinburgh schools. She continued to swim until after her 80th birthday.