The Doctor

Dr Elizabeth N. MacBean Ross, surgeon

Dr Elizabeth N. MacBean Ross, surgeon, treating a passenger on board the SS Nigaristan, Marseilles, Feb-Mar 1913

Attribution: Mrs Edith Ross of Tain

Plucky Lady Doctor

The doctor

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Dr E. N. MacBean Ross on board the on board the SS Nigaristan(1913)

Dr E. N. MacBean Ross on board the on board the SS Nigaristan (1913)

Attribution: Mrs Edith Ross of Tain

Dr Elizabeth Ross at work in Persia(?) 1911

Dr Elizabeth Ross at work in Persia (?) 1911

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Ship's Doctor E. N. MacBean Ross on board the Glenlogan (1913)

Ship’s Doctor E. N. MacBean Ross on board the Glenlogan (1913)

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Elizabeth Ness MacBean Ross was born in Tain in 1878. She studied medicine at Glasgow University graduating in 1901. For several years she was the local doctor on Colonsay and Oronsay and in 1907 left to go to Iran. She worked among the Bakhtiari tribesmen in the Zagros Mountains with long periods out of contact with fellow Europeans. The photo on the right shows her in Bakhtiari dress. She described her adventures there in A Lady Doctor in Bakhtiari Land. She worked her way home from Iran as a ship's doctor, studied tropical medicine in London, went to Japan on the Glenlogan as the first female doctor on a liner and died of typhus in 1915 while working as a military doctor in Serbia. She was buried at Kragujevatz, where her dedication and courage are still greatly honoured. We are grateful to Mrs Edith Ross of Tain for permission to use the original material in this presentation
Elizabeth Ross - Graduation photograph