Tina Gray

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Tina Gray
Born1885 (1885)
Died26 June 1985(1985-06-26) (aged 99–100)
Nationality Scottish
Alma mater Glasgow School of Art
University of Glasgow
Occupation surgeon
Years active1914–1946
Known for Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Tina Gray (1885 – 26 June 1985) was a medical pioneer and the sister of 'Glasgow Girl' Norah Neilson Gray.


Family life

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the Glasgow School of Art

Tina Gray was born in Helensburgh, one of the seven children of Norah Neilson and George Gray, a ship owner in Glasgow. [1] During Gray's childhood the family enjoyed some affluence however, the shipping industry suffered badly following World War I and the family's wealth declined as a result. [2] Gray was homeschooled, and went on to study drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art from 1901–1903. [2] Her sister, the 'Glasgow Girl' Norah Neilson Gray, also studied at the Glasgow School of Art and was international recognised until her death in 1931. [2]


A painting of a military hospital by Gray's sister, Norah Neilson Gray Norah Neilson Gray - Hopital Auxiliaire d'Armee 301 1918.jpg
A painting of a military hospital by Gray's sister, Norah Neilson Gray

Gray, like her sister, volunteered during World War I. While Gray's sister volunteered with the suffragist-affiliated Scottish Women's Hospitals, Gray volunteered as a nurse with the British Red Cross. [3] She was based at the 25th stationary hospital in Rouen, a British military hospital for infectious diseases, [4] where she was awarded of one scarlet stripe. [5]

In 1925, Gray graduated from the University of Glasgow aged 41 with a medical degree and eventually became the assistant surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. [6] She was one of only two female senior surgeons in Scotland at that time. [7]

During World War II, Gray was appointed as a surgeon at Dunfermline and Stonehouse hospitals. [6] Gray retired from Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1946, and remained at Stonehouse until late 1947. [8]

Personal life

Gray was a member of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Lady Artists' Society (elected 1939). She died aged 100 in 1985. [4]

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