Ina McNeill

Dr McNeill is referenced in the local paper in March 1903.
see transcription below.


Thank you to Wolverhampton City Archives

The Wolverhampton Chronicle 14th March 1903


Wolverhampton Lady Doctor Gives

Evidence At An Inquest.

Mr,. R. A. Willcock held an inquest on

Monday at which for the first time in the history of the borough of Wolverhampton, a lady doctor was called upon to give evidence.

The inquiry was into the circumstances respecting the death of Jane Pugh (67), wife of Thomas Humphreys Pugh, formerly a warehouseman, of 3, Culwell street, Springfields. From the evidence, it appeared that on Friday night the

deceased went to apparently in her usual health; but at seven o’clock the next morning: the: husband, who is himself an invalid, found his wife dead by his side. The deceased had not been medically attended for a considerable time.

Ina Lochhead McNeill, M.B., and Ch.B., Glasgow, who had made a post-mortem at the request of the Coroner, was then called. Beyond the very decided impression conveyed by the name of the witness, there was nothing as regard accent to indicate that she hailed from north of Tweed. Miss McNeill elected to take the scotch form of oath and gave the results of her examination of the body in a low but distinct, tone of voice, which must have been inaudible to some of the jury.

The witness statement was brief, precise and, to the point. She said that the body was that of a well-nourished woman, and in describing the condition of the internal organs stated that the heart was large and flabby and had a good deal of fat around it. Death was due to cardiac failure. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.

Wolverhampton's First woman Doctor, Ina Lochhead McNeill (1869-1949)
appointed Surgeon at Women’s Hospital in 1902. 

Ina Lochhead McNeill (1869-1949) graduated in 1899 with a MBChB.  In 1936 the General Council Register gives her address as Applecross, Tettenhall Wood, nr Wolverhampton.

Her matriculation (registration) record from the year 1896/7 says the following:

Name in full: Ina Lochhead McNeill

Age at last birthday: 27

Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland

Father's Christian Name: William

Father's Occupation: retired merchant

Is Father Alive?: Yes

Branch of Study: Medicine

Classes for this Session: Practical Anatomy, Pathology, Clinical Medicine, Advanced Physiology Number of Sessions previously attended at this University: four Classes in the Faculty of: Medicine Present Address: Queen Margaret Hall, Hillhead Home address: Merly[c?]e, Malone Road, Belfast (Source R8/5/17/10)

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Ina Lochhead McNeill MBChB
Thank you to University of Glasgow for the use of this graduation image 1899