Free Burgess of Aberdeen

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Mary Esslemont

Title: 
Doctor
Dates: 
1891-1984

Mary Esslemont was the daughter of Clementina MacDonald, who was active in many areas of female activism, and George B Esslemont, MP. She gained three degrees from Aberdeen University (B.Sc., MA, MBChB) and was the first female President of the Student Representative Council. She was a GP who was particularly concerned with Aberdeen's poor, and was active in many areas, especially women's rights. She was awarded the CBE in 1955.

Images: 
Gravestone in Allenvale Cemetery
Gravestone in Allenvale Cemetery
Gravestone in Allenvale Cemetery
Sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Based on an entry by Jennifer Carter
Illustration of part of wall art in St Nicholas Lane, Aberdeen.

Lady May Baird

Title: 
Lady
Other names: 
Matilda Deans Baird; Maiden name - Tennent.
Dates: 
Born 1901, died 1983.

Born in Lanarkshire, and educated at Glasgow High School for Girls, May Tennent graduated in medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1925. She married Dugald Baird in 1928. The couple moved to Aberdeen in 1937. She held a number of positions in public life, including Chair of the North Eastern Hospital Board from 1947-1966, and governor of the BBC in Scotland 1966-1970. She was awarded the CBE in 1962.

She was a champion of Health Service improvement and, together with her husband Sir Dugald Baird, was honoured as a Free Burgess of Aberdeen.

Sources
Aberdeen 1800-2000: A New History, (eds) Fraser and Lee, Tuckwell Press, 2000, page 55.
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