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Women in History of Scots Descent
Dr Winifred Rushforth OBE


During his brief visit to Edinburgh recently the Prince of Wales took time out to unveil a memorial to the late Winifred Rushforth OBE. Winifred Rushforth was born in West Lothian in 1885 and educated at Edinburgh Ladies College in Queen Street before completing Medical Studies at Edinburgh Medical College and then graduating MB ChB from the University in 1908.

On graduating she set sail for India where she later met her husband and where she was to spend the best part of the next 20 years. She became very interested in psychology and on retiring from India set up a private practice in Edinburgh in 1929. In 1939 she established the Davidson Clinic which continued to thrive in various Edinburgh locations for the next 35 years. In 1978 Winifred, now 93, was instrumental in setting up the Wellspring as a successor to the Davidson Clinic.

In 1980 Winifred Rushforth turned her hand to writing, publishing her first book on Psychology and her autobiography, Ten Decades of Happenings.  This tireless and enigmatic woman was drawn to Prince Charles' attention by Sir Laurens van der Post who arranged for the Prince to meet her.  The Prince of Wales dedicated a statue to her named, "The Dreamer."

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