Notable Ancestors: James Wilson

James Wilson (1783-1857) was a surgeon and lecturer in Midwifery. In 1834, he helpedĀ found the Glasgow Lying-In Hospital, the first permanent maternity hospital in the city (located at that time in Greyfriars Wynd). The hospital was intendedĀ to help poor and homeless women, and took in the unmarried as well as married mothers. It was funded entirely through donations, subscriptions and bequests, and the stigma attached to its policy of accepting unmarried women meant that fundraising could be difficult.

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