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Alice Janet McLaren
Born1860 (1860)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died1945 (aged 78–79)
Years active1890 -
Known forMedicine
Medical career

Dr Alice McLaren (1860 - 1945) was a Scottish doctor, Gynecologist, suffragist and advocate for women's health and women's rights. She was the first woman medical practitioner in Glasgow.[1]

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Early life and education

McLaren was born in Edinburgh to William Cunningham McLaren and Maria Amelia Wilson, and was the last of six siblings. She graduated with first class honours in Medicine from University of London in 1893.[2][3] McLaren trained at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.[4]

Medical career

The British Medical Journal's obituary of McLaren noted that she was the first woman gynecologist in Glasgow.[3] During her career, she worked in a number of institutions, including:

  • Glasgow Women's Private Hospital, where she was medical superintendent
  • Leith General Hospital, where she was appointed as House Physician in 1891.[5]
  • Lock Hospital, Glasgow
  • Glasgow Royal Samaritan Hospital
  • Royal Mental Hospital, where she was consulting Gynecologist
  • Leavesden Asylum[4]
  • Birmingham Union Infirmary[4]
  • Stirling District Asylum[4]

McLaren was a fellow of the Glasgow Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.[6] In 1902, she was involved in founding the Glasgow Women's Private Hospital alongside Elizabeth Margaret Pace.[7]

Later life

During her time in Glasgow, she shared a house with Elizabeth Margaret Pace at 7 Newton Place until the latter's marriage in 1908. McLaren died in Crail in 1945.[3]

7 Newton Place, Glasgow
7 Newton Place, Glasgow

Women's rights

McLaren was a founder member of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Association for Women's Suffrage.[8]


  1. ^ "History of Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow". Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  2. ^ " UK, University of London Student Records, 1836-1945 [database on-line]". Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Dr Alice McLaren, obituary". British Medical Journal: 110. 19 Jan 1946.
  4. ^ a b c d "THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT NURSE AT LEAVESDEN ASYLUM" (PDF). The Hospital: Nursing Section. 39: 40. 21 October 1905.
  5. ^ Leith Hospital Annual Report 1891, p. 16.
  6. ^ Medical Directory. 1895.
  7. ^ Menzies Campbell, Margaret (1948). Campbell, Margaret Menzies (1948) Three Scottish Women’s Hospitals from their foundation until 1948. Bruntsfield Hospital, Edinburgh. Dundee Private Hospital for Women. Glasgow [Redlands] Private Hospital.
  8. ^ King, Elspeth (1978). The Scottish Women's Suffrage Movement / ... compiled by Elspeth King to accompany the Government sponsored 'Right to Vote' exhibition organised to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, from 9th September- 7th October 1978, Peoples Palace Museum, Glasgow Green.

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