Dr Agnes McLaren

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Single

Born: 1837

Died: 1913

Education: School of Medicine (University of Montpellier)

Occupation: Doctor

Main Suffrage Society: ENSWS

Other Societies: CCNSWS; CWSS

Society Role: ENSWS secretary; CCNSWS executive committee member

1866 Petition: Yes

Petition Area: Newington House, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland


Other sources: https://www.parliament.uk/1866
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866?1928 (2001)

Further Information:

Family information: Stepdaughter of Priscilla (Bright) McLaren, who also signed the 1866 petition.

Additional Information: After signing the 1866 petition, Agnes joined the Edinburgh NSWS in 1867, of which her stepmother Priscilla Bright McLaren was president, and became joint secretary. In 1872, she organised 18 meetings in two months in Scotland, and in 1875 joined the executive committee of the Central Committee of the NSWS (CCNSWS). She kept an interest in women's suffrage, subscribing to the WSPU in 1909 and the NUWSS, through its Election Fighting Fund, in 1912. She was also a member of the Catholic Women's Suffrage Society at the time of her death.

Other Suffrage Activities: Agnes became only the tenth female in Britain to qualify as a doctor. She subsequently became a member of the governing council of the London School of Medicine for Women and, by 1882, was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians at Dublin. She opened a practice in Cannes (France) and was also visiting doctor at Edinburgh's Canongate Medical Missionary Dispensary, splitting her time between the two locations.

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