Lilias Maclay

Biography of Lilias Maclay

Lilias MacLay was born the 25 July 1893 in Glasgow to Lord and Lady Maclay. Her father was the founder of the Maclay-Macintyre shipping firm and gifted the organ to the University Chapel in memory of Lilias’ brothers, Ebenezer and William, who died in the First World War.

In 1912 MacLay first enrolled at the University to study for a medical degree aged 19. She excelled in her studies, passing every exam first time and earning successive first class certificates in Clinical Surgery. In addition to her academic work, MacLay was Secretary of Queen Margaret College Christian Union. Her faith would later lead her to become a medical missionary, serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Egypt during the First World War. MacLay is one of the few females featured in the University’s Roll of Honour.

In 1926 MacLay married John Edmund Hamilton at the Orphan Homes of Scotland Church. The couple resided in Glasgow where MacLay practised as a doctor. Their daughter Martha Hamilton was born in 1929 went on to follow in her mother’s, becoming a medical missionary in the Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim.


Lilias Maclay
Born 25 July 1893, Scotland.
Died 1965.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MB, 1917;
Occupation categories: doctors
Additional Information: R3/1/2
Record last updated: 19th Jul 2017

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