Anne Louise McIlroy: Leading obstetrician and gynaecologist

Anne Louise McIlroy

Born 11 November 1874, County Antrim, Ireland.
Died 8 February 1968.

(Anne) Louise McIlroy (1874-1968) was the first woman to be awarded an MD by the University and the first woman to be officially registered as a research student there. She was awarded an honorary LLD by the University in 1935.

McIlroy was born in County Antrim, the daughter of a general practitioner. She matriculated at the University in 1894 to study for a medical degree and won class prizes in both Medicine and Pathology before obtaining her MB ChB in 1898. She was awarded an MD with commendation in 1900.

After further postgraduate work in Europe specialising in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, McIlroy was appointed Gynaecological Surgeon at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow, a post she held from 1906 to 1910, and was registered as a research student at the University. She served with distinction in the First World War and then returned for a short time to Glasgow. In 1921 she was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the London School of Medicine for Women and worked as a surgeon at the Marie Curie Hospital for Women. Her services to Midwifery were recognised in 1929 when she was appointed Dame of the British Empire. She retired in 1934 to have, in her own words “a few years of freedom”.

McIlroy felt strongly about doing her duty and when war was declared in 1939 she immediately offered her services. She organised emergency maternity services in Buckinghamshire and provided her own equipment and comforts at the hospital in the face of inevitable shortages. After the Second World War she returned to retirement, staying with her sister in Turnberry in Ayrshire.

University Link: Alumnus, Honorary Graduate
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1898; MD, 1900; LLD, 1935;

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The Economist, in a September 4 review of new book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, chose an incredibly baffling angle for its critique of historian Edward Baptist’s work (emphasis ours):

"Another unexamined factor may also have contributed to rises in productivity. Slaves were valuable property, and much harder and, thanks to the decline in supply from Africa, costlier to replace than, say, the Irish peasants that the iron-masters imported into south Wales in the 19th century. Slave owners surely had a vested interest in keeping their ‘hands’ ever fitter and stronger to pick more cotton. Some of the rise in productivity could have come from better treatment. Unlike Mr Thomas, Mr Baptist has not written an objective history of slavery. Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains. This is not history; it is advocacy."

white people are truly ghouls

This isn’t surprising. Even white laypeople will defend slavery (and genocide and imperialism) when pressed, sometimes even immediately. They couch it poorly with “of course it was bad” but then argue it was for “the greater good” or tacitly endorse it by chiding you for “presentism.”

I am so done with white people.

in one of my classes, we read a book (Freedom Papers) about an African woman who, along with some of her descendants were enslaved, and then won their Freedom and then owned slaves themselves. when white folks learn about some Black folks that owned slaves, it’s like a dog doing backflips after its found a long lost toy. in the grand scheme of things, all whites WERE villains. and even those Black slave owners were victims. great, the Quakers were abolitionists, yet they were still occupying land that wasn’t there’s. great, Rosalie (the name of the woman in the story) owned slaves, but she was still deemed sub-human and the fact that she was Black meant that no matter how many slaves she owned or how much money she acquired, she still had the potential to be thrown back in slavery (e.g. Solomon Northup and many others). white folks are itching to be victims so bad it has caused them to twist and turn logic and reason in ways they didn’t even know were possible.