Mary Baird Hannay

Biography of Mary Baird Hannay

Mary Baird Hannay in the Postgraduate Pathology Class 1897
Mary Baird Hannay in the Postgraduate Pathology Class 1897

Mary Baird Hannay graduated MBCM from the University in 1896.

She was born on 18 April 1871 in Glasgow, daughter of Thomas Hannay, an Iron Merchant.

Hannay first matriculated in the University during the summer of 1892, aged 21, to study for a degree in Medicine. Over these four years of study, Hannay enrolled in various classes, including; Clinical Medicine, Midwifery, Clinical Surgery, Anatomy, Physiology, Practical Anatomy, Surgery and Pathology. In the 1892-93 sessions, Hannay was awarded a First Class certificate for Physiology, a class taught by J. McGregor Robertson. She later achieved a Second Class certificate for Materia Medica and Therapeutics in the 1893-94 sessions, after being selected by her lecturer Charles O. Hawthorne.

Hannay went on to study for a second qualification at the University, graduating MD in 1909. Her final thesis, which is held in the University’s Special Collections Department, was entitled Observations, post mortem, upon the sane and insane. Special Collections also holds a photograph of Mary Hannay, found within A manual of pathology by Joseph Coats. The photograph is of the Postgraduate Pathology Class of 1897 and includes the names of Prof Coats, Dr L. R. Sutherland, Dr Alex Ferguson, Dr Malcolm Black, Dr James Nicol and Dr Mary Baird Hannay. Underneath Hannay's name is the description: 'first woman to take the class at the University'.

After leaving University, Hannay worked as a Doctor.


Mary Baird Hannay
Born 8 April 1871.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MB CM, 1896; MD, 1909;
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
Record last updated: 19th Feb 2016

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