Ellen Pinsent

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Ellen Frances Pinsent
Born Ellen Frances Parker
(1866-03-26)March 26, 1866
Claxby, Lincolnshire
Died 1949 (aged 82–83)
Citizenship United Kingdom
Occupation Mental health worker
Spouse(s) Hume Chancellor Pinsent
  • Richard Parker
  • Elizabeth Coffin

Dame Ellen Frances Pinsent DBE (26 March 1866 – 1949), née Parker, was a British mental health worker.

She was the daughter of the Rev. Richard Parker and his second wife, Elizabeth Coffin. She married Hume Chancellor Pinsent (b. 1857), a relative of the philosopher David Hume, and they had three children. Their two sons, David Hume Pinsent and Richard Parker Pinsent,[1] were killed in the First World War, and their daughter, Dame Hester Adrian, married the Nobel-prize winner Edgar Douglas Adrian, a peer.


The Dame Ellen Pinsent Special Primary School (for children with learning disabilities) in Birmingham is named for her. Her life and work was chronicled in the book Ellen Pinsent: including the ‘feebleminded’ in Birmingham, 1900–1913.

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