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Lucy (Wellburn) Naish (1876 - 1967)

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Lucy Naish formerly Wellburn
Born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Watford, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Lucy was born in 1876 in Scarborough, a thriving center of trade on the North Sea. Her great-grandfather John Mills was from a family of seafaring men and owned nine sailing ships himself. Her mother, Anne Matilda, married Henry Wellburn, champion weight lifter for Yorkshire, Town Councillor, owner of a wine-importing shop, a grocer's shop, and four farms. A few months before Lucy was born, he died suddenly, lifting a heavy sack of seed, leaving his wife Anne Matilda at age thirty-one, with five small children.

Lucy entered the London School of Medicine for Women in 1897. It took her three years to get in. She'd had no previous training in science, and at age eighteen, began to struggle with biology, chemistry, and physics for the first time. Once she got in, she continued to find the material difficult. She found chemistry incomprehensible and was overwhelmed by anatomy, stunned by the number of Latin names to memorize. Her health was suffering, and her mother insisted on taking her away for a summer holiday, at the end of which Anne Matilda moved to London and took a flat near her daughter. Finally Lucy passed her exams and started her clinical training on the wards at the Royal Free Hospital in 1899.

While Lucy was doing surgical training at the Royal Free, in 1901, she met Dr. Albert Ernest Naish. Earnest was a tall, lean man, reserved and studious, with sensitive, finely drawn features, a gentle voice, keen blue eyes, and black hair. Lucy was smitten and arranged her time to be on duty whenever he was. Ernest and Lucy were drawn together through their work. She assisted him in operations and surgical procedures. They were married in July 1902, six weeks after her final exams. She was twenty-six and he was thirty-one.[1]

They moved to Sheffield, where they spent their professional lives. They had eight children, four of whom became doctors. Lucy Naish nonetheless managed to use her medical training when she and her husband set up the first Infant Welfare Clinic in Sheffield, and also as a Poor Law Guardian. During the First World War, besides working as a factory medical officer she took on many jobs at the Royal Hospital and also taught medical students. In 1917 she was appointed Lecturer in Osteology in the University of Sheffield. She was active in the Yorkshire Branch of the British Medical Association and also in the Yorkshire Association of the Medical Women's Federation, co-founding the Sheffield and District Association of the latter in 1923. In 1939 she retired to Anglesey but returned to continue teaching in private classes at her home in 1943. Her husband died in August 1964. She died in her 92nd year in 15 Dec 1967, leaving 54 living descendants.[2]


First name(s) Lucy
Last name Wellburn
Birth year 1876
Birth date 23 Jan 1876
Baptism year 1876
Baptism date 16 Apr 1876
Baptism place Fylingdales
Father's first name(s) Henry
Mother's first name(s) Ann Matilda
County Yorkshire (North Riding)
Country England


Name: Lucy Wellburn
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1890
Event Place: Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Religion: Evangelische Kirche
Occupation: Pensionärin
Birth Date: 23 Jan 1876
Birthplace: Scarborough, England
Municipality: Schwerin
Enumeration District:

Census 1881

Event Place Scarborough, Yorkshire,Yorkshire North Riding, England
Registration District Scarborough
Residence Note Newboro St
Joseph Peacock Head M 35 Bridlington, Yorkshire, England Areated Water Manuftr
Ann M Peacock Wife F 39 Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire, England
Elizabeth J Wellburn Daughter F 14 Scarboro, Yorkshire, England
Mary E Wellburn Daughter F 7 Scarboro, Yorkshire, England
Lucy Wellburn Daughter F 5 Scarboro, Yorkshire, England
Clara W Harrison Sister F 42 Fylingdales, Yorkshire, England
Martha Hall Visitor F 23 Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire, England
Catherine Ditchburn Servant F 24 Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire, England
Elizabeth Bulmer Servant F 19 Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire, England
Harold C Sleightholm Servant M 23 Burniston, Yorkshire, England
Jacob Bidlington Servant M 23 Fylingdales, Yorkshire, England
William G Waters Servant M 19 Scarboro, Yorkshire, England
Robert Temple Servant M 18 Flixton, Yorkshire, England
Harry P Bidlington Servant M 17 Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire, England

Census 1901

Event Place Aldenham, Hertfordshire, England
County Hertfordshire
Civil Parish Aldenham
Ecclesiastical Parish Christ Church Radlett
Sub-District Bushey
Registration District Watford
Residence Note High Road
Ann M Welburn Head F 59 Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire
Lucy Welburn Daughter F 25 Scarborough, Yorkshire MEDICAL STUDENT

Census 1911

1911 Census Household Record
Household information
Address 5 Clarkehouse Road Sheffield
Parish Ecclesall
Town Sheffield
Type of Building Private House
Number of Rooms 11
Inhabited Y
1 - Lucy Naish Wife Married 8 yrs F 35 1876 Scarborough Physician
2 - Albert Ernest Naish Head Married M 39 1872 Bristol Physician
Total Children Born Alive 5
Children Still Living 5
Children Who Have Died 0
3 - Jean Dora Naish Daughter Single F 7 1904 Sheffield Scholar
4 - George Oswald Naish Son Single M 6 1905 Sheffield Juvenile
5 - Alice Mary Naish Daughter F 4 1907 Sheffield Juvenile
6 - Frances Charlotte Naish Daughter F 3 1908 Sheffield Juvenile
7 - Earnest Frederick Edward Naish Son 10mths 1911 Sheffield Juvenile
8 - Rose Emma Yeckells Governess Single F 22 1888 Sheffield
9 - Edith Mary Brookes Servant Single F 22 1889 Nantwich Cheshire
10 - Sarah Ann Kenworthy Servant Single F 18 1893 Stockbridge Yorkshire W Riding
11 - Nellie Nicholas Servant Single F 22 1889 Stannington Yorkshire W Riding


  2. Biography written by the subject's daughter-in-law, Nora Naish, herself a doctor.
  • The Woman who knew too much. The biography of Dr Alice Mary Stewart (nee Naish)

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