Jessie Hawkesworth Smith

Biography of Jessie Hawkesworth Smith

Jessie Hawkesworth Smith graduated MB ChB from the University in 1897.

Jessie was born 14 December, 1870 in Nagasaki, Japan. Her father, Alfred, was a dental surgeon and perhaps among the foreign physicians who traveled around the ports of the Far East on the naval vessels, which called regularly at Nagasaki to serve the increased foreign residents of the Nagasaki settlement.

Jessie first matriculated in 1892, aged 21. She studied in the faculty of Medicine, taking classes such as Botany, Anatomy, Physiology, and Practical Physics. She won numerous awards during her time at the University, including a first class certificate in Junior Anatomy and in Physiology. She also gained second class certificates in both Practical Physics and Botany.

Smith spent the early part of her medical career assisting medical superintendents in the Glasgow Medical Missionary Society (GMMS). The GMMS had its introductory meeting in 1867 and was a society based on evangelical ideals. It sought to encourage missionary enthusiasm in Glaswegian medical students and was primarily aimed at working with those in the poorest areas of Glasgow. Jessie Smith was the first female graduate of the University of Glasgow to work for the GMMS. In 1902, Smith married Thomas Lorimer Beveridge, Minister of the United Free Church, in Dumbartonshire. By 1904, she had accepted a position as a medical missionary in northwest India and was registered as a Medical Missionary of the United Free Church in Rajputana, modern day Rajasthan in India.


Jessie Hawkesworth Smith
Born 14 December 1870.
Died 22 July 1969.
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1897; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
Occupation categories: missionaries; physicians
Record last updated: 21st Jan 2013

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