Lillias Hamilton

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Lillias Hamilton
Lillias Hamilton young.jpg
Born 7 February 1858
New South Wales, Australia
Died 6 January 1925
Nice, France
Occupation British medical doctor, writer

Dr Lillias Anna Hamilton M.D., (7 February 1858 – 6 January 1925) was a British pioneer female doctor and author. She was born at Tomabil Station, New South Wales to Hugh Hamilton (1822-1900) and his wife Margaret Clunes (née Innes). After attending school in Ayr and then Cheltenham Ladies' College, she trained first as a nurse, in Liverpool, before going on to study medicine in Scotland, qualifying as a Doctor of Medicine in 1890.

She was a court physician to Amir Abdur Rahman Khan in Afghanistan in the 1890s, and wrote a fictionalized account of her experiences in her book A Vizier's Daughter: A Tale of the Hazara War, published in 1900.[1]

After a spell in private practice in London, she became Warden of Studley Horticultural College in the years before World War I, leaving the College in 1915 to serve in a typhoid hospital in Montenegro under the auspices of the Wounded Allies Relief Committee. Her other published works include A Nurse's Bequest, 1907.[2]



  1. ^ A Vizier's Daughter: A tale of the Hazara War. London: Murray, 1900.
  2. ^ Lillias Hamilton, A Nurse's Bequest. London: Murray, 1907.