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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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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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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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Mosse, Bartholomew (1712–1759), man-midwife and philanthropist, was born in Wexford, Ireland, one of seven children of the Revd Thomas Mosse (1662?–1731), rector of Maryborough, and his wife, Martha, daughter of the Revd Andrew Nisbet, rector of Timogue. Mosse was apprenticed at approximately age seventeen to ...

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Paget, Dame (Mary) Rosalind (1855–1948), nurse and midwife, was born on 4 January 1855 at Greenbank, Liverpool, in the home of her grandfather, William Rathbone (1787–1868) [see under Rathbone, William (1757-1809)], whose daughter Elizabeth married John Paget (1811–1898), a London police magistrate, author, and an ardent whig, who had joined the ...

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Smellie, William (1697–1763), man-midwife, was born in the parish of Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, on 5 February 1697, the son of Archibald Smellie (1663/4–1735) and Sara Kennedy (1657–1727). Little is known of his father, Archibald, except that he was sessions clerk to the parish church of ...

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White, Charles (1728–1813), surgeon and man-midwife, only son of Thomas White (1696–1776), surgeon and man-midwife, and his wife, Rosamond, née Bower, was born at Manchester on 4 October 1728 and educated there by the Revd Radcliffe Russell. About 1742 he was apprenticed to his father and subsequently studied medicine in ...