History Centre Heroes: Dr Mabel Ramsay

Here’s the first of a new series of regular posts to highlight the ‘History Centre Heroes’ many of you have talked to us about over the last few months. Our first hero is the remarkable Dr Mabel Ramsay (1878-1954).

Dr Mabel Ramsay
Dr Mabel Ramsay

Dr Mabel Ramsay was the first woman President of the Plymouth Medical Society, the first woman in the west of England to be appointed Surgeon Gynaecologist, a founder member of the Medical Women’s Federation, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Plymouth Soroptomist Club, and only the third woman in the country to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Dr Mabel Ramsay's plaque on North Hill, Plymouth
Dr Mabel Ramsay’s plaque on North Hill, Plymouth

During World War One she used her medical skills to help with the war effort in Belgium and was awarded the Mons Star with Bar for her efforts. She practised medicine in Plymouth from 1908 until 1945 and you can find a plaque dedicated to her on North Hill.

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