Dame Sarah Swift

Chatterton, Claire (2019). Dame Sarah Swift. The Bulletin of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, 7(1) pp. 80–83.

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Sarah Ann Swift was born on her father’s farm in the Lincolnshire Fens on 22 November 1854. Her father, Robert, was a tenant farmer at Kirton Sheldyke near Boston. During her childhood the family moved to Donington, where she was educated at the Grammar School. In 1877 she moved to Scotland where she trained as a nurse at the Dundee Royal Infirmary. This seems an unusual choice given the distance from rural Lincolnshire. It may be that her decision to train in Dundee was influenced by the reputation of Rebecca Strong, the Nightingale trained Matron who was doing pioneering work in the city (McGann,1992).

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