Disability Perspectives: History.
Doctor, Ina Lochhead McNeill (1869-1949)
Wolverhampton's First woman Doctor, Ina Lochhead McNeill (1869-1949) appointed Surgeon at Women’s Hospital in 1902.
Ina Lochhead McNeill was born in 1869 in Born Belfast Ireland, to William and Jane McNeill. Ina was the youngest of 9 children. She attended Victoria College Belfast and Moravian School, Neuwied, near Koblenz, Germany before studing at University of Glasgow.
The family attended Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, near Belfast. Ina and Margaret Mcneil both became doctors. Maragret was a missionary in China.
Ina Lochhead McNeill (1869-1949) appointed Surgeon at Women’s Hospital in 1902. was Wolverhampton's First woman Doctor.
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 states:
Ina Lochhead McNeill 27
Father: William - retired merchant
Branch of Study: Medicine - 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: Malone Road, Belfast
For information about records held at Glasgow University visit http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/archives/visitors/ancestraltourists/
Ina Lochhead McNeill MBChB
Thank you to University of Glasgow for the use of this graduation image dated 1899
Medical Superintendent at Special School
for the reception of 40 'mentally defective' children Old Hall Street Wolverhampton.
Day Book entry 9th July 1902:
July 9th. Miss Jones brought Dr McNeill, a lady doctor, in to school this morning. They watched the children at dinner. Dr Morton paid his usual visit.
Ina Lochhead McNeill
1869 - Born Belfast Ireland
1896/7 - Glasgow University
1898/9 - Graduated Bachelor of Surgeons Glasgow University (MB. ChBGlas)
1900 - The English Woman’s Year Book 1900 pg18 Glasgow MA degree1899
1902 - The Wolverhampton Chronical Wolverhampton Express and Star
‘A LADY SELECTED’ - Appointed Surgeon at Wolverhampton Women’s Hospital.
Court Guide and County Blue Book of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire Maclean and McNeill listed at 52 Tettenhall Road
1903 - UK Medical Register & The British Medical Directory
- The British Journal of Nursing 10 Jan 1903 Miss McNeill newly appointed surgeon Wolverhampton and District Hospital.
- Tamworth Herald / The Wolverhampton Chronicle 14th March 1903 First post mortem examination made by Lady Doctor Dr Ina McNeill gives Evidence At An Inquest.
1904 - Kelly’s Directory 1904 Dr McNeill Anaesthetist at Wolverhampton and District Hospital for Women, Park Road West.
- London gazette notice: Margaret Speirs MacLean and Ina Lochhead McNeill practising physicians, of 52, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, Part Company.
1906 - The British Medical Directory
1907 - UK Medical Register & The British Medical Directory
1911 – Ina McNeill - UK Cenus resident at Tettenhall Rd Wolverhampton
- UK Medical Register
1912 - Staffordshire directory 1912 Dr McNeill Anaesthetist at Wolverhampton and District Hospital for Women, Park Road West.
& Resident at 24 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton
1914 - Wolverhampton Red Book. Dr McNeill Anaesthetist. Assistant surgeon.
Also Tuesday surgery 2-4pm at Wolverhampton and District Hospital for Women, Park Road West.
Physicians and Surgeons Dr McNeill listed at 24 Tettenhall Road,
Listed as resident at 24 Tettenhall Road
Dr McNeill Hon Physician at Jane Bessemeres Home for Deaf and Dumb Girls 7 Clarendon Street.
Dr McNeill Medical Superintendent at Special School Old Hall Street (for the reception of 40 mentally defective children)
1932 Kelly’s Directory for Birmingham, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire Pt2
Resident Westgate, Albert Rd, Retired?
1936 Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire
Dr McNeill Resident Applecross, Tettenhall, Compton
1940- Kelly’s Directory of Birmingham Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcester Prt2
Dr McNeill Resident Applecross, Tettenhall, Compton
1949 Dr McNeill Death certificate: 7/2/49 Westfield, Grange Road, Tettenhall. Niece - Nora Reid.
Margaret (Madge) Speirs Maclean
1869 -born 28 November 1869 Glasgow, Lanarkshire.
1881 -Census Scotland - National Bank House, Lang Holm, Dumfriesshire with parents Donald & Agnes
1885 Glasgow Herald – June 26 -Paisley Grammar school Prize giving
1891 -Census Scotland Govan Lanarkshire living with aunt Williamina R Rule
1896 - Graduated Glasgow University Bachelor of Medicine + Masters in Surgery MB CM
1899 - UK Medical Register . Medical Directory House surgeon Sheffield English Woman’s Year BK (pg102) House surgeon Children’s Hosp Hull & 1 Mecklen Sq London.
1900 - Medical Directory House surgeon Sheffield
Daily Mail 4th July House surgeon Hull Hospital Hull boy scaled
English Woman’s Year Bk (pg112) Bishopston Scotland
1901 - Census Scotland Brownfield Renfreshire Scotland
Les Femmine Docteurs en Medicinedans tous les Pays –Maryett Fontanges
1902 - Warwick, Worcs & Staffs Directory - practising in Wolverhampton
1903 - UK medical directory Wolverhampton asst Anaesthetist Women’s Hospital Wolverhampton
1904 - London Gazette(Aug 12) Maclean and Mcneill dissolve doctors partnership Wolverhampton
1913 - Kelly’s directory - Medical Officer Beverley Road Hospital Hull
1923- UK Medical Register
1927- UK Medical Register
1933 – Ship passenger list Southampton to Genoa first class Beechlands Chipstead, Surrey
1935- UK Medical Register
1947- UK Medical Register
1955- UK Medical Register
1961 - BMJ Death announcement
Many thanks to the City of Wolverhampton Archives for access to this letter:
1. October 11th 1913
2. Dear Dr McNeill
3. Complaints having been made that a very
4. large proportion of the patients attending the
5. hospital on our out patients day were
6. clinical cases, the matter was brought before the
7. Complaint Committee on Friday last where
8. I was instructed to write and state that
9. in accordance with our rules: such patients
10. should be seen on the first occasion but
11. unless they are suffering from a disease
12. peculiar to women really must be referred
14. The object of this institution is to only
15. deal with such diseases and not for general
16. clinical cases and the committee wish
17. this rule to be strictly honoured.
18. Yours faithfully
19. J. A Pearssey
22. 7 Tettenhall Road