Biography of Mary Gardner
Mary Gardner (DC233/2/22/2/12)
Mary Gardner was born in Greenock on 3 February 1872, daughter of William Gardner, an engineer.
She graduated from the University M.B. Ch.B. on 21st July 1898. Upon graduating she worked at various hospitals in the Glasgow area, firstly as an attendant at the Women’s Royal Samaritan Hospital from 1898-1889 and then at the West end branch of the Glasgow Maternity and Women's Hospital from 1899.
In 1900 she travelled to Bangalore, India as a Medical Missionary and in 1901 married Methodist Minister Robert Ellis, an accomplished photographer and illustrator. Together they had three children, one son and two daughters.
Their son, Arthur Erskine Ellis, became a well-respected scientist, biologist and naturalist. His 1926 book ‘British Snails: A Guide to the Non-Marine Gastropoda of Great Britain and Ireland Pleistocene to Recent’ is dedicated to his mother, Mary.