Elizabeth Taylor Gilchrist was born in Greenock on 23 October 1863 to William and Elizabeth Gilchrist. She was the third child of the couple. William had a draper’s business in the town and his children became involved in this work. The business was well known in Greenock and survived until quite recently.
However, Elizabeth was a scholar and won a place at Edinburgh University to study medicine. She won a medal for practical chemistry being the most successful student at the Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women in 1891. She qualified as a doctor in 1894. After working in a children’s hospital in Edinburgh she practiced as a GP in Greenock.
At the outbreak of the First World War she served as a doctor at various army barracks attending to the soldiers and their families. She then volunteered to the War Office as a doctor and served abroad in Malta and Salonica.
- Trinity Church War Memorial (now Lyle Kirk, Union Street)