Lucy Buckley

Biography of Lucy Buckley

Lucy Buckley was born in Oldham in on 3rd October 1869. Her father Samuel Buckley was a profitable hat manufacturer in Denton, a nearby village of Manchester. Lucy attended Manchester High School for Girls, the high school also attended by three of the Pankhurst girls (Sylvia, Christabel and Adela). Here Lucy would have gained a strong educational background; the school, unlike many for women at that time, focused on insuring its pupils were taught a thorough curriculum of sciences, mathematics and practical knowledge. After leaving MHSG Lucy moved onto study for a BSc at Owens College (later University of Manchester). Here Lucy began to develop a further understanding of the practice of Medicine, graduating with her BSc in 1891.

Lucy Buckley started studying at the University of Glasgow in 1894 at the age of 25. She was working towards her MB ChB, taking classes in surgery and pharmacy amongst others. Clearly a high achieving student Lucy passed all her final exams on first attempt including clinical surgery, clinical medicine and midwifery. She also gained a number of prizes during her time at the University including; a first class certificate for junior anatomy, first class certificate and special prize for physiology and second class certificate for medicine. She graduated on 17th April 1900. Upon graduating Lucy moved to Leeds where she opened a surgery on York road, a predominately working class area. This surgery was jointly owned with fellow University of Glasgow graduate and doctor Ursula Chaplin. The two women also lived together. Whilst in Leeds Lucy joined the Leeds Association of Girls’ Clubs as president. Lucy was passionate about improving the standards of work and life for working women and children in the community. She held a lecture in 1901 on the impact of overworking and conditions on children and how this could lead to “nervous diseases”. During Lucy’s time serving as president of the LAGC she was nominated to represent the association on the National Union of Women Workers.

Lucy Buckley left Leeds and her position of President of the LAGC (although she remained vice-president) in 1906 after marrying Rev. James Pinniger. This marriage was short however as Lucy was widowed just sixteen months later. Upon the death of her husband Lucy chose to move back to Leeds and once again lived with Ursula Chaplin. A few years later Lucy moved back home to Oldham to take up the first position of Medical Inspector of School Children. Lucy stayed here for over ten years before moving to Woodham Walter, Essex where Ursula Chaplin’s family was from and where she had recently moved to. Here Lucy lived peacefully before her death in 1937.


Lucy Buckley
Born 3 October 1869.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MB, 1900;
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
Record last updated: 12th Jul 2019

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