Biography of Alice Lilian Louisa Cumming
Alice Cumming Matriculation Slip
Alice Lilian Louisa Cumming graduated MB CM from the University of Glasgow on 26th July 1894. She was one of the first four female graduates of the University.
Alice was born on 22nd November 1870 in Houston, Renfrewshire, daughter of James Simpson, a Doctor of Medicine. Whilst she was studying at the University, her address was given as 24 Blythswood Square.
Throughout her time at the University, Cumming enrolled in various classes. In October 1892 she took exams in Chemistry, Botany and Natural History. The following April 1893 she completed exams in Anatomy and Physiology. In April 1894 Cumming took exams in Materia Medica and Pharmacy, and finally in July 1894 she completed exams in Surgery, Clinical Surgery, Medicine and Clinical Surgery, Midwifery and Forensic Medicine. During her studies, Cumming was awarded First Class Certificates in Pathology and Practical Pathology, as well as a Second Class Certificate in Medicine.
Cumming was in the same graduating class as Marion Gilchrist, who was the first woman to gain a medical degree in Scotland and the first female graduate of the University.