Thursday, 27 September 2007

Britain's First Female M.D.

Many thanks to Mrs Carter of Heatherland and Mrs Davies of Trenewydd for giving such a warm welcome to Professor Neil Mcintyre when he visited the village in late September 2007.

Professor Mcintyre has retired from the Royal Free Hospital in London and has researched (and is still researching) the life and family of the first British female doctor of medicine to qualify on the continent (she graduated from Zurich in 1870 - the first lady from St Petersburg had graduated three years earlier).
Frances Hoggan (nee Morgan) was a descendant of Richard Morgan of Trenewydd and her mother, Georgiana Philipps, later lived at Heatherland.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Frances Elizabeth Hoggan MD (née Morgan) (20 December 18435 February 1927) was the first British woman to receive a doctorate in medicine from a university in Europe, and the first woman doctor to be registered in Wales.
Frances Hoggan was born in Brecon, where her father was a curate. She was brought up and educated at Cowbridge and later at Windsor. During her teens, she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, who was brought up with her mother and passed off as Frances' sister.[1] She went on to study at Paris and Düsseldorf. She obtained her medical qualification from the University of Zurich in 1870, completing the six year course in three years. In 1874 she married Dr George Hoggan. She later practised in London as a specialist in women's and children's diseases. Together with her husband, she opened the first husband-and-wife general medical practice in the UK. She became a campaigner and social reformer, and toured the United States lecturing. She had a particular interest in racial issues, and was a speaker at the Universal Race Congress in London in 1911.
Her cremated remains are buried, with her husband's, in Woking cemetery.

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