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Atthill, Lombe (1827–1910), obstetrician and gynaecologist  

R. J. Rowlette

revised by Susan Snoxall

Atthill, Lombe (1827–1910), obstetrician and gynaecologist, born on 3 December 1827 at Ardess, Magheraculmoney, co. Fermanagh, Ireland, was the youngest of ten surviving children of William Atthill (1774–1847) and his wife, Henrietta Margaret Eyre, eldest daughter of George Maunsell, dean of Leighlin. Atthill's...

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Aveling, James Hobson (1828–1892), obstetric physician  

Ornella Moscucci

Aveling, James Hobson (1828–1892), obstetric physician, was born in Elm, near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on 25 January 1828, the son of Thomas Aveling (1801–1835), a local landowner, and his wife, Ann Hobson (1802–1873). The engineer and manufacturer of steamrollers, Thomas Aveling...

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Baird, Sir Dugald (1899–1986), obstetrician  

Malcolm Macnaughton

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Baird, Sir Dugald (1899–1986), obstetrician, was born on 16 November 1899 in Beith, Ayrshire, the eldest in the family of three sons and one daughter of David Baird, head of the science department at Greenock Academy, and his wife, May, daughter of John Allan...

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Barlow, James (1767–1839), obstetric surgeon  

Nasim H. Naqvi

Barlow, James (1767–1839), obstetric surgeon, was born at Croichley Fold Farm, Hawkshaw, Lancashire, the son of William Barlow (d. 1815) and his wife, Catherine Taylor (d. 1768); they also had a daughter, Catherine, and an elder son, John. He was a descendant of the ...

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Barnes, Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor (1912–1999), obstetrician and gynaecologist  

Max Blythe

Barnes, Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor (1912–1999), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born in Cliff Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, on 18 August 1912, the first of five children of Walter Wharton Barnes, a Methodist minister from Addingham, Yorkshire, and his wife, Alice Mary, formerly Ibbetson...

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Barnes, Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor (1912–1999)  

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Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor Barnes (1912–1999) by Nick Sinclair, 1995 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnes, Robert (1817–1907), obstetric physician  

Ornella Moscucci

Barnes, Robert (1817–1907), obstetric physician, was born in Norwich on 4 September 1817, the second of the six children of Philip Barnes (1791–1874), an architect and one of the founders of the Royal Botanic Society of London, and his wife, Harriet Futter (...

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Barnes, Robert (1817–1907)  

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Robert Barnes (1817–1907) by John Horsburgh, 1889 Wellcome Library, London

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Florence Elizabeth Barrett, Lady Barrett (1867–1945), by unknown photographer

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Barrett [née Perry; other married name Willey], Florence Elizabeth, Lady Barrett (1867–1945), obstetric and gynaecological surgeon  

Claire L. Brock

Barrett [née Perry; other married name Willey], Florence Elizabeth, Lady Barrett (1867–1945), obstetric and gynaecological surgeon, was born at Compton Henbury, Gloucestershire, on 18 February 1867. She was the fourth of six children (five of whom survived childhood) of Elizabeth, née...

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Batty, Robert (1762–1849), obstetric physician  

[Anon.]

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Batty, Robert (1762–1849), obstetric physician, was born at Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, where he was baptized on 17 February 1762, the son of John Batty and his wife, Elizabeth. After receiving his medical education in London and Edinburgh, he graduated MD at the University of St Andrews...

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Beilby, William (1783–1849), obstetric physician  

Ornella Moscucci

Beilby, William (1783–1849), obstetric physician, was born at Sheffield on 13 April 1783, the son of Thomas Beilby and his wife, Isabella. In 1807 he entered into a partnership in the linen trade with some relatives in Dublin, but in 1813 he moved to ...

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Bethune, Margaret (1820–1887)  

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

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Bethune [née Peebles], Margaret (1820–1887), midwife  

Barbara E. Mortimer

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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Blacker, Sir George Francis (1865–1948), obstetrician  

Susan L. Cohen

Blacker, Sir George Francis (1865–1948), obstetrician, was born in Dublin on 23 October 1865, the fourth child of Commissary-Major-General Latham William Blacker (1829–1916), who came from a military and landed family in co. Tyrone, and his wife, Harriette de Maine (d. 1908)...

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Bland, Robert (bap. 1741, d.1816), man-midwife  

[Anon.]

revised by Michael Bevan

Bland, Robert (bap. 1741, d.1816), man-midwife, was born at King's Lynn, Norfolk, where he was baptized on 8 October 1741, the son of David Bland, an attorney in the town, and his wife, Mary. He was educated at the London hospitals and was connected to ...

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Blegborough, Ralph (1769–1827), physician and man-midwife  

[Anon.]

revised by Michael Bevan

Blegborough, Ralph (1769–1827), physician and man-midwife, was born on 3 April 1769 at Richmond, Yorkshire, where his father, Henry Blegborough, was a surgeon. He was educated at the grammar school of his native town, and, after acting for some time as apprentice to his father, continued his medical studies first at the ...

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Bourne, Aleck William (1886–1974), obstetrician and gynaecologist  

John Keown

Bourne, Aleck William (1886–1974), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born into modest circumstances on 4 June 1886 at Rosebank, Whetstone, Finchley, Middlesex, the only son of the Revd William Charles Bourne, a Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Sarah Wilson Palmer. He was educated at ...

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Carter, Gladys Beaumont (1887–1959), midwife and nurse  

Dianne Yarwood

Carter, Gladys Beaumont (1887–1959), midwife and nurse, was born at 11 Ironmonger Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, on 21 April 1887, the eldest child in the family of two daughters and one son of Edith Cecilia Carter, née Beaumont (1849–1935), and her husband, ...

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Cellier, Elizabeth (fl. 1668–1688), midwife  

Helen King

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 ...