£100 note salute for suffragette doctor Flora Murray

'Flora’s story is a reminder of the huge debt of gratitude we owe'

Thursday, 19th May — By Tom Foot

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Royal Free group chief executive Caroline Clarke helps launch the £100 note

A FORMER Royal Free doctor is the new face of the Scottish £100 note.

Flora Murray – a suffragette who qualified as a doctor in 1905 – was chosen by the Bank of Scotland.

Caroline Clarke, the Royal Feel London group’s chief executive, said: “As the first institution in Britain to train women in medicine, the Royal Free Hospital drew aspiring female doctors from across the globe. We’re immensely proud that the Bank of Scotland and the Royal Free Charity have worked together to give Flora her rightful place in the pantheon of British medical history.”

Ms Murray’s portrait hangs in the Hampstead hospital alongside that of her lifelong partner Dr Louisa Garrett Anderson, who together founded the Women’s Hospital Corps during the First World War. A committed member of the Women’s Social and Political Union, she supported suffragettes recovering from hunger strikes and injuries acquired during protests.

Flora Murray

Ms Clarke added: “Flora’s story is a reminder of the huge debt of gratitude we owe to those early agitators who refused to accept the limitations imposed by a society that didn’t believe women could or should be doctors, physicians and surgeons.”

The Bank of Scotland auctioned off 186 limited edition versions, raising £241,080 with proceeds being split between the Mental Health UK and the Royal Free Charity.

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