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Macdonald, Rosa

The announcement of the death of Miss Rosa Macdonald at an advanced age will recall to some of the older members of our profession who were trained at Charing Cross Hospital in the eighties a notable personality.

Sister Rosa, as she was known, was one of the nursing sisters of St John the Evangelist, who were then located in Norfolk Street, Strand, and was for some years Matron of Charing Cross Hospital. Those who were trained under her will still remember the high standard of nursing detail that she required from her nurses. That her reign was autocratic cannot be denied, but her ideals were high, and the probationer who fell short of them had very short shrift.

Much of the excellency of the pioneer private staff of St John's House was due to those nurses who had stood the test of Sister Rosa's standards.

May she rest in peace.


Registration number549
First name(s)Rosa

C/o W.H. Macdonald Esq., The Green, Marlborough, Wilts
Guys Hospital S.E.
6 Bloomfield Terrace, S.W.

Date of registration28 March 1890

Certificate, Kings College Hospital, 1878 - 89
Children's Hospital, Great Ormond Street, 1881 - 82
Charing Cross Hospital (Matron), 1883 - 88
Guys Hospital, 1889 - 90

Personal details

Date of birth1840
Place of birthBuckinghamshire
Date of death11-Mar-19
Place of deathMiddlesex
Additional personal details

Additional addresses:
15 Fitzroy Square W;
6 Bloomfield Terrace, Middlesex (at time of death)
Left £1371

Professional details

Work experience

St John's House and Kings College Hospital, 1878 - 79
Children's Hospital, Great Ormond Street, 1881 - 82
Charing Cross Hospital (Matron), 1883 - 88
Guys Hospital (Sister), 1890 - 92
Nurses Home Fitzroy Square, 1892 to date (in 1909 directory)

Professional activities

Member of Royal British Nurses Association


King's College London Archives
1881 Census
Probate record

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