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Blair, Dame Emily Mathieson (1890–1963), nurse and nursing administrator, was born on 12 January 1890 at Boghead, Lenzie, Kirkintilloch, daughter of Hugh Blair, muslin manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Croll. Blair trained as a nurse at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, from 1912 to 1916. In July 1916 she was appointed ward sister at the ...

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MacLellan, Maud Lilburn (1903–1977), commanding officer of the FANY, was born on 6 October 1903 at 37 Athole Gardens, Kelvinside, Glasgow, one of two daughters of the three children of Walter Thomas MacLellan (1858–1931), iron merchant, and his wife, Jane Adair Whyte (1868–1947)...

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Matheson, Hilda (1888–1940), intelligence officer and director of radio talks, was born on 7 June 1888 at 13 Dealtry Road, Putney, the elder of two children of Donald Matheson, Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Margaret Orr. Since both parents were Scottish the family spent most of their summer holidays in the Scottish highlands where ...

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McBride, (Sara) Vonla Adair (1921–2003), naval officer, was born on 20 January 1921 at Ballygarvey, co. Antrim, the elder daughter of Andrew Stewart McBride, farmer and miller, and his wife, Agnes, née Martin. She was educated at Ballymena Academy and Trinity College, Dublin...

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McDougall [née Smith], Grace Alexandra (1887–1963), officer of the FANY, was born at 67 Dee Street, Dee Village, Aberdeen, on 3 June 1887, the fifth child of Charles Smith, master grocer and wine merchant, and his wife, Isobel Copland (d. 1919)...