Birth: 4 January 1855

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancashire

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 19 August 1948 - Aged 93

Place or Registered Place of Death: Cuckfield, Sussex

Father: John Paget

Mother: Elizabeth Rathbone


Dame Mary Rosalind Paget - Biography
British nurse and midwife. Trained as a nurse, Paget worked at the Westminster Hospital, the London Hospital, and the British Lying-in Hospital before returning to the London Hospital, where she remained for many years. Having realized the need for better education in midwifery, in 1881 with a small group of women, she founded the Midwives' Institute, which later became the Royal College of Midwives. She was also one of the founders of what was to become the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and founded and edited Nursing Notes for many years.

The Times - August 20, 1948
Dame Rosalind Paget, D.B.E., A.R.R.C., the first Queen's Nurse and first inspector for the Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses, who did so much for social service and midwifery, died at her home in Sussex yesterday at the age of 93.

Born on January 4, 1855, she was the younger daughter of John, second son of Thomas Paget, M.P., of Ibstock and Humberstone, in Leicestershire, and his wife, Elizabeth Rathbone, of Liverpool. She came early under the influence of Florence Nightingale and was one of her "young women," the first body of ladies to enter the not very "nice" profession of nursing, especially Poor Law nursing. Trained at the London Hospital from 1882 to 1884, including three months' midwifery training in the British Lying-in Hospital, she was awarded the certificate of the London Obstetrical Society and the certificate of the Central Midwives Board. Between 1876 and 1879 she had worked at the Westminster Hospital, the Royal Infirmary, Liverpool, the East London and Pendlebury Children's Hospital, and from 1884 to l889 again at the London Hospital in various responsible capacities.

She had her training on the district of the Metropolitan and National Nursing Association in Bloomsbury and was enrolled by Queen Victoria as the first Queen's Nurse on January 1, 1891. The provisional committee appointed by Queen Victoria to advise her Majesty as to the use to be made of the Women's Jubilee Offering appointed Miss Paget as the general inspector at the end of 1889, and she held this office until September, 1891, when she resigned owing to her father's illness. She was appointed a member of the Council of the Queen's Institute and was their representative on the Central Midwives Board from its commencement in 1903 until 1925, only missing one meeting. During the 1914-18 war she acted as inspector of Red Cross V.A.D. Hospitals in this country under Dame Sarah Swift for the British Red Cross Society.

Dame Rosalind Paget's name was among the 18 appended to the articles of association of the Midwives Institute when it was founded in 1881. In 1890 the Midwives Institute promoted the first Bill for the Registration of Midwives introduced into Parliament, and during that and the succeeding campaigns to further the passing of this Bill she worked indefatigably. The Bill was referred to a Select Committee, before which she gave evidence in 1892 and 1893.

As the result of her efforts the Midwives Institute created a diploma examination for non-medical teachers of midwifery, which has now been taken over by the Central Midwives Board. The successful teachers' instruction courses held annually by the institute and attended by teachers from all over the country are also due to her individual work and constant help. The organization of midwives for the improvement of their work and professional status had been her constant care and preoccupation. She was also one of the original founders of the Chartered Society of Masseuses-in 1894. She was a member of the council for 10 years, director of examinations for 18 years, and one of their vice-presidents. In 1887 she founded Nursing Notes, which she continued to edit even after her accident in 1939, when she fell and broke a leg.

The record of her public work does not complete the picture of her activities. When, after devotedly nursing her parents in the intervals of her strenuous hospital work, she moved on their death to her flat in Sloane Court, she formed there a centre where artists, musicians, and social workers of all kinds found a welcome, and where a wise charity, as wide as it was secret and generous, led the sad and unfortunate to new hope and effort.


1861 Census:

2, Beach Cottages, Crescent, St Mary In The Castle, Hastings, Sussex
Elizabeth Paget - Head - Married - 48 - Barrister's Wife - Liverpool
Thomas G. Paget - Son - Unmarried - 17 - Student - Liverpoool
Mary M. Paget - Daughter - 6 - Scholar - Liverpool

1871 Census:

Miss Fanny and Anna S. Metcalfe's School
Highfield, Little Highfield Ave, Golders Green, Hendon
Highfield, the Misses Metcalfe's school in Hendon. a well-established and highly regarded boarding school with impeccable Evangelical Anglican credentials. Fanny Metcalfe founded the school with her sister, Anna, in 1863, was an energetic member of the London Association of Headmistresses, and her declared aim was to follow in the footsteps of Arnold of Rugby.
Rosalind Paget - Boarder - 16 - Scholar - Liverpool, Lancashire

1881 Census:

37 And 38, Gt Alie St, Whitechapel
This unnamed institution (the census data gives only an address) was obviously considerable as it lists over 140 medical and domestic staff and over 560 patients. But I have yet to find out under what title this sizeable institution went. The only reference seems to be the Eastern Dispensary for Relief of the Poor, which seems to tie in with Rosalind's Poor Law nursing training and experience. The head of this institution was one Thomas Peters.
Rosalind M. Paget - Hospital Sister - Single - 26 - 1855 - Liverpool, Lancashire

1891 Census:

28, The Bolton, Kensington, Middlesex
Rosalind's father, John was ill at this time, and this is when she resigned as Director or Nursing to care for him.
John Paget - Head - Married - 79 - 1812 - Retired Police Magistrate - Leicestershire
Elizabeth Paget - Wife - 78 - 1813 - Lancashire
Elizabeth A. Paget - Daughter - Single - 50 - 1841 - Lancashire
Mary Rosalind Paget - Daughter - Single - 36 - 1855 - Certified Midwife and Nurse - Lancashire

1901 Census:

5, Sloane Court, Chelsea
Mary R. Paget - Head - Single - 46 - Hospital Nurse - Liverpool

1911 Census:

5 Sloane Court East, S.W., London
Mary Rosalind Paget - Head Joint Household - Single - 56 - Certified Midwife by Examination - Trained and Certificated Nurse - Toxteth, Lancashire, Liverpool

Mary Rosalind Paget