Rachel Frances Lumsden

17 April 1835 - 22 April 1908

Rachel Lumsden trained as a nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. In 1877, she was appointed Superintendent of the new Aberdeen Hospital for Sick Children. In 1885 she was appointed as superintendent, head nurse and housekeeper/matron of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. She pioneered a three year training course, and backed the state registration of nurses. When she retired in 1897 she received a message from Queen Victoria and an album signed by 63 Aberdeen doctors.

Biographical dictionary of Scottish Women
Entry by Lindy Moore, pp 212-213