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Bethune [née Peebles], Margaret (1820–1887), midwife, was born in Largo, Fife, on 2 October 1820, the only child of Margaret Walker (d. 1874), a linen worker. Her father was Andrew Peebles, a weaver of Lundin Mill. The family was not wealthy, although in 1847 ...

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Margaret Bethune (1820–1887) by unknown photographer Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh

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Cellier, Elizabeth (fl. 1668–1688), midwife, has been linked to the Dormer family of Buckinghamshire, while her enemies claimed that she was a brazier's daughter from Canterbury. Cellier said that she converted to Catholicism out of loyalty to the crown, after her father and brother died on the same day during the civil war. Nothing is known of her training as a midwife, although from her writings it appears that she owned ...

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Clarke, Sir Charles Mansfield, first baronet (1782–1857), accoucheur, son of John Clarke (1740–1790), obstetrician and surgeon, of Chancery Lane, London, and Biddy, daughter of William Mansfield, and brother of John Clarke (bap. 1760, d. 1815), was born on 28 May 1782, probably in ...

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Conquest, John Tricker (bap. 1789, d. 1866), man-midwife, was baptized on 25 November 1789 at Clover Street Independent Chapel, Chatham, Kent, the son of a Dr Conquest of Chatham. He entered medical training at an early age, qualifying as MRCS at the age of eighteen. He was appointed assistant surgeon to the military medical depot, ...

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John Tricker Conquest (bap. 1789, d. 1866) by Maxim Gauci (after R. W. Warren) Wellcome Library, London

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Denman, Thomas (1733–1815), man-midwife, was born at Bakewell, Derbyshire, on 27 June 1733, the second son and third child of John Denman, apothecary, and his wife, Elizabeth. After early education at the free school in Bakewell, Denman became assistant to his elder brother, who had succeeded to their father's business. In 1753 ...

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Douglas, James (bap. 1675, d. 1742), anatomist and man-midwife, was the third child of a family of eight sons, four of whom became fellows of the Royal Society, and five daughters of William Douglas (d. 1705), of Baads, West Calder, 5 miles...

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Garthshore, Maxwell (1732–1812), physician accoucheur, was born at Kirkcudbright on 28 October 1732, the son of Barbara Gordon and her husband, George Garthshore (1687/8–1760), for fifty years minister in Kirkcudbright. After being educated at the Kirkcudbright grammar school he was apprenticed to a surgeon apothecary in ...

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Gregory, Alice Sophia (1867–1946), midwife, was born on 22 November 1867 at St Mary's Parsonage, Princes Road, Lambeth, the youngest of three daughters of Robert Gregory (1819–1911), Church of England clergyman, later dean of St Paul's, and his second wife, Charlotte Anne, daughter of ...

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Hamilton, Sir David (1663–1721), man-midwife and physician, was born in Lanarkshire, the tenth and youngest son of James Hamilton, laird of Boggs and Dalzell, and his third wife, Isobell. He matriculated at the University of Leiden on 30 October 1683, leaving there between 1685 and 1686 to graduate MD of the ...

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William Hunter (1718–1783) by Allan Ramsay, c. 1764 © Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

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Hunter, William (1718–1783), physician, anatomist, and man-midwife, was born on 23 May 1718 at Long Calderwood, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, the seventh of ten children of John Hunter (d. 1741), farmer, and Agnes (d. 1751), a woman of wide education, daughter of ...

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Kent, Frances (d. 1685), midwife, was probably born some time between 1615 and 1640. The details of her birth as well as her maiden name are unknown. Her husband was John Kent of Reading, a clothier and a Quaker, who survived her by two years. The ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Layard, Daniel Peter (1721–1802), man-midwife and physician, was the son of Major Layard. On 9 March 1742 he graduated MD at Rheims. In April 1747 he was appointed man-midwife-in-ordinary to the Middlesex Hospital, London, but resigned in 1749 over a dispute concerning the enlargement of the lying-in ward, which caused a split among the hospital's governors. ...

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Leake, John (1729–1792), man-midwife, was born on 8 June 1729 at Ainstable in Cumberland, the son of Revd William Leake, curate at Ainstable. He attended schools at Croglin, Cumberland, and the grammar school, Bishop Auckland, Durham, before being apprenticed to George Starkin, a surgeon of ...

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Macaulay, George (1716–1766), physician and man-midwife, was born on 23 September 1716 in Edinburgh, the second son and fourth of the eight children of Archibald Macaulay (c.1686–1760), administrator, and his wife, Carola Macaulay, née Young (b. 1682), milliner. After moving to an ...

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Mackenzie, Colin (1697/8–1775), physician and man-midwife, was probably born at Muirton, Ross-shire, the second son of Kenneth Alexander Mackenzie of Muirton and his wife, Mary Mackenzie, daughter of Charles Mackenzie of Cullen; his parents were second cousins. His paternal grandfather, Colin Mackenzie of ...