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Polish doctors visit grave of medical pioneer

Historic Kilmun recently played host to a party of doctors from Poland keen to find out more about the 19th century medical pioneer and changemaker Elizabeth Blackwell who is buried next to the church.

The 21 strong group, who were on a five-day tour of Scotland’s medical landmarks, hailed from the western Polish city of Leszno.

Trip organiser Anna Legutko commented: “We wanted to explore the places related to the history of medicine, trace Polish roots and see some nature. We visited the Polish Medical School and Surgeon’s Hall Museum in Edinburgh and other landmarks.

“Elizabeth Blackwell was an incredible woman who changed medicine for ever by breaking down barriers to become one of the first female doctors in both Europe and the United States as well as being a social activist. Her story is an inspiration to us all and we enjoyed our visit to Historic Kilmun immensely,” added Anna.

Dinah McDonald of Historic Kilmun added: “It was a great pleasure to welcome our Polish friends who learnt all about the history of this famous venue and the remarkable lady that was Elizabeth Blackwell.”

Find out all about Elizabeth Blackwell here