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Agnew, Sir James Willson (1815–1901), medical practitioner and politician in Tasmania, born at Ballyclare, co. Antrim, Ireland, on 2 October 1815, was the son of James William Agnew, a physician, and Ellen Stewart, of Larne, co. Antrim. Educated for the medical profession at ...

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Bland, William (1789–1868), medical practitioner and politician in Australia, was born in London on 5 November 1789, the second son of Dr Robert Bland (1740–1816). William was said to have attended the Merchant Taylors' School, but this has not been confirmed. Certainly, he was drawn to medicine and on 6 January 1809 qualified as a surgeon's mate in the ...

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Bright, Herbert Christian Bankole- (1883–1958), medical practitioner and politician in Sierra Leone, was born of Sierra Leonean parents on 23 August 1883 at Okrika (later in Nigeria), the son of Jacob Galba Bright (1843–1910), businessman, and his wife, Laetitia, née Williams (...

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Datta, Sukha Sagar [Sukhsagar] (1890–1967), medical practitioner and political activist, was born in Bengal, the youngest son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Dwijadas Datta (b. 1856), professor of agriculture, and his wife, Muktakeshi, daughter of a ...

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Hale, Cicely Bertha (1884–1981), suffragette and health visitor, was born on 5 September 1884 at 8 Sussex Gardens, Paddington, London, the youngest of the five surviving children of Charles Douglas Bowdich Hale (1850–1927), a general practitioner, and his wife, Bertha Maria, née Poole (1840–1937)...

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Margaret Hamilton, Lady Belhaven and Stenton (b. in or before 1625, d. in or after 1694) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck [with John Hamilton, first Lord Belhaven and Stenton] Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hamilton, Margaret, Lady Belhaven and Stenton (b. in or before 1625, d. in or after 1694), royalist heroine and medical practitioner, was the illegitimate daughter of James Hamilton, second marquess of Hamilton (1589–1625). It has been plausibly suggested that her mother was Anne...

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Charles Hill, Baron Hill of Luton (1904–1989) by Elliott & Fry, 1951 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hill, Charles, Baron Hill of Luton (1904–1989), doctor, politician, and broadcaster, was born in Islington, London, on 15 January 1904, the youngest in the family of two sons and a daughter of Charles Hill, maker of pianoforte parts, who died in 1906, and his wife, ...

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Jameson, Sir Leander Starr, baronet (1853–1917), medical practitioner and colonial administrator, was born on 9 February 1853 at 5 Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, the youngest of eleven children of Robert William Jameson (1805–1868), writer to the signet, poet, playwright, radical freethinker, supporter of colonial settlement, and campaigner against slavery and the corn laws—and brother of ...

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Sir Leander Starr Jameson, baronet (1853–1917) by George Charles Beresford, 1914 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ker, Alice Jane Shannan Stewart (1853–1943), doctor and suffragette, was born on 2 December 1853 at Deskford, Cullen, Banffshire, the eldest child of the Revd William Turnbull Ker (1824–1885), minister of the Free Church of Scotland, and his wife, Margaret Millar, née Stevenson (1826–1900)...

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Knight, Elizabeth (1869–1933), doctor and campaigner for women's suffrage, was born on 31 August 1869 at Hive House, Northfleet, Kent, the third child and only daughter of John Messer Knight (1813/14–1880), a cement manufacturer, and his wife, Hannah, née Lucas. The family was Quaker; the firm of ...

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Robert Douglas McIntyre (1913–1998) by Bob Landry, 1945 Bob Landry

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McIntyre, Robert Douglas (1913–1998), Scottish nationalist and medical practitioner, was born in Dalziel, near Motherwell, on 15 December 1913, the third son of the Revd John E. McIntyre and his wife, Catherine Morison. Educated at Hamilton Academy and Daniel Stewart's College, McIntyre went on to study medicine at the universities of ...

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M'Douall [McDouall], Peter Murray (c. 1814–1854), Chartist and medical practitioner, was born in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, the son of Andrew M'Douall. He served an apprenticeship with a surgeon in his home town, studied at Glasgow and Edinburgh, and in summer 1835 was admitted to the ...

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Monro, Sir David (1813–1877), doctor and politician in New Zealand, was born in Edinburgh on 27 March 1813, the seventh of the twelve children of Alexander Monro tertius (1773–1859) and his first wife, Maria, the daughter of Dr Carmichael Smyth. He attended Edinburgh Academy...

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Nelson, Wolfred (1791–1863), doctor and rebel in Canada, was born in Montreal on 10 July 1791, the third son of William Nelson, a schoolmaster, and Jane Dies, the daughter of a wealthy American loyalist who had moved to Canada after the revolution. He was educated at his father's school at ...

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Pitt, David Thomas, Baron Pitt of Hampstead (1913–1994), general practitioner and politician, was born on 3 October 1913 in Hampstead, St David's, Grenada, British West Indies, the son of Cyril S. L. Pitt. He was educated at St David's Roman Catholic School, Grenada...

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David Thomas Pitt, Baron Pitt of Hampstead (1913–1994) by unknown photographer, 1975 Getty Images