Mar 242017
 

Site of James Barry's student lodgings.74 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

In 1812, long before women could enrol at Edinburgh’s medical school, a woman born under the name Margaret Ann Bulkley (c.1799–1865) successfully graduated with an MD from the University of Edinburgh. This is the site of the house where she lodged as a student. To enrol at the university she had to disguise herself as a man, using the name she is now better known under, James Barry. Barry went on the serve with distinction as a surgeon in the British Army in India and South Africa. Her true gender was only revealed after her death.

James Barry with John, a servant, and his dog, Psyche.

James Barry with John, a servant, and his dog, Psyche.

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