Ina Lochhead McNeill

Biography of Ina Lochhead McNeill

Ina Lochhead McNeill
Ina Lochhead McNeill

Ina Lochhead McNeill was born on the 8th of August, 1869, in Belfast. She was the youngest of nine siblings, born to William McNeill and Jane Bell Lochhead. Her father worked as a merchant, and the family lived on Malone Road in Belfast.

Ina Lochhead McNeill first matriculated at the University in 1894, aged 25, to study for a degree in Medicine. In her first year she enrolled in classes in Physics, Chemistry, Practical Chemistry and Anatomy. By her final year, in 1898-99, McNeill was specialising in Operative Surgery. She excelled academically, winning a number of prizes over the course of her studies. In her penultimate year of study, for example, McNeill was awarded first class certificates in Anatomy, Embryology, Practical Physiology, Practical Pharmacy, and Pathology. In her final year, McNeill was awarded a medal for Practical Pathology. Ina Lochhead McNeill graduated in July, 1899.

McNeill resided for the most part at Queen Margaret Hall during her studies, which at that time was located at Lilybank House. Ina's sister, Margaret Elizabeth McNeill, was a medical student at the University at the same time. Margaret graduated a few years after her sister, in 1905.

In 1902, Dr Ina Lochhead McNeill was appointed the first woman surgeon to the Wolverhampton Women's Hospital. A commemorative blue heritage plaque was unveiled in 2013 at McNeill's former home on Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, to celebrate her achievement. Dr Ina Lochhead McNeill died on the 7th of February, 1949, at her home in Wolverhampton.


Ina Lochhead McNeill
Born 8 August 1869.
Died 7 February 1949.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MB, 1899; Medicine,
Occupation categories: doctors
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
Record last updated: 18th Jul 2019

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