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Lonsdale, Lucy Margaret

 The death of Miss Margaret Lonsdale, the friend and biographer of Sister Dora (Miss Dorothy Pattison) recalls the indebtedness of trained nurses to this member of their profession for the story of the life of a remarkable nurse, told in amost interesting way. 


Registration number658
First name(s)Lucy Margaret

Sister Dora Convalescent Hospital, Milford, Stafford

Date of registration1890

King's College Hospital 1877 (3 mos)

Guy's Hospital 1880 (3 mos)

Llandrindod Cottage Hospital (Matron) 1881

Sister Dora Hospital (Matron) 1884-1902

Walsall Cottage Hospital 1868-1880

County Council Lecturer on Nursing and Hygiene, Staffs, 1896 to date



Personal details

Date of birth1846
Place of birthLichfield
Family details

Father was Reverend John Gylby Lonsdale, Canon of Lichfield, born 1818, died 1907

Father's portrait by Guido Philipp Schmitt in Lichfield Cathedral Close can be viewed at

Grandfather was John Lonsdale, 1778-1867, Bishop of Lichfield

Date of death1917
Place of deathPaddington
Additional personal details

Christened 27 December 1846 Saint Mary Lichfield

A member of the Gosling Society, an essay group for young girls set up by Charlotte Mary Yonge (as Mother Goose) in 1859, Margaret took the name of Magpie, the Group closed in 1877

Professional details

Work experience

Walsall Cottage Hospital 1868-1880

King's College Hospital (probationer) 1877

Guy's Hospital (probationer) 1880

Llandrindod Cottage Hospital (Matron) 1881

Sister Dora Hospital (Matron) 1884-1900

Lecturer on Nursing and Hygiene, Staffs County Council 1896-1904

Lecturer for Westminster Health Society 1909

Professional activities

Member of the RBNA

Additional professional details

Author of the Life of Sister Dora 1880, biography of Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison, an Anglican nursing sister who worked in Walsall in the 1870s treating railwaymen, and after whom a hospital in Walsall was named

Wrote letters to The Times in 1880 in support of Matron Burt of Guy's Hospital


Letter to the Times Wednesday July 28 1880

Letter to the Times Friday July 30 1880

Letter to the Times  02 August 1880


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