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Brown, Dame Edith Mary (1864–1956), medical missionary and founder of the North India School of Medicine for Christian Women, was born on 24 March 1864 at Bank Buildings, 10A Coats Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland. One of six children, she was the second of three daughters born to ...

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Butler, Fanny Jane (1850–1889), physician and medical missionary, was born on 5 October 1850 at 6 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, the eighth of the ten children of Thomas Butler (b. 1809), who worked at the British Museum, and his wife, Jane Isabella North...

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Hanson, Helen Beatrice de Rastricke (1874–1926), physician, missionary, and feminist, was born at Horsham Road, Dorking, Surrey, on 6 January 1874, the second of four children of Edward Hanson (1842–1924) and his wife, Caroline Ann, née Offord (1844–1930). Her father, a bank clerk who became a bank branch manager, had spent some of his childhood in ...

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Jinner, Sarah (fl. 1658–1664), compiler of almanacs and medical practitioner, has left no trace of her family or background and is known only through the pioneering series of almanacs she published from 1658 to 1664, aimed mainly at women. Her woodcut portrait depicts an elegantly dressed figure, and her style indicates that she was well educated and aiming at a respectable audience. The almanacs are distinctive for their spirited assertion of women's abilities, their frank treatment of female medical problems, and their combative observations on contemporary politics. Acknowledging in her first edition that readers 'may wonder to see one of our Sex in print, especially in the Celestial Sciences' (...

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Kearney, Theresa [name in religion Mary Kevin] (1875–1957), medical missionary, was born on 28 April 1875 on a small farm in Knockenrahan, Arklow, co. Wicklow, the posthumous child of Michael Kearney (d. 1875), and youngest daughter of his wife, Theresa Grennell...

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Kingsford [née Bonus], Anna [Annie] (1846–1888), physician and spiritualist, was born on 16 September 1846 at Maryland Point, Stratford, Essex. She was a sickly child, the youngest daughter of twelve children born to Elizabeth Ann Schröder and her husband, John Bonus (...

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Hannah Riddell (1855–1932) by unknown photographer, c. 1906 private collection

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Riddell, Hannah (1855–1932), medical missionary, was born on 17 October 1855 at 9 The Barracks, Barnet, Hertfordshire, the only daughter of Daniel Riddle (1810–1889) (he always spelt his name differently from his wife and daughter) and Hannah Wright (1814–1886), née Hunt. Daniel was born in ...

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Waterston, Jane Elizabeth (1843–1932), missionary and doctor in South Africa, was born on 18 January 1843 in Inverness, a middle child of four girls and two boys of the first cousins Agnes Webster and Charles Waterston (d. 1897), the manager of the ...