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Heroic suffragist's Edinburgh tomb restored

THE tomb of one of Scotland's most influential women has been restored after it fell into a state of dilapidation.

The gravestone of doctor and suffragist Elsie Inglis has now been restored.

The headstone, in Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh, pays tribute to the woman who was voted Edinburgh's favourite daughter.

She was born in Naini Tal, India, as her father was in the Indian civil service. Her family returned to Scotland where she studied at the Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women that had been opened by Dr Sophia Jex-Blake.

In the First World War, Dr Inglis made sure the injured and the dying received basic medical care.

Tens of thousands were helped by field hospitals she set up in Serbia, Ukraine and Romania, acting with the support of the French and Serbian governments.

Dr Inglis' heroism, said Winston Churchill, would "shine forever in history", while in Serbia she is regarded as a national hero.

She established the George Square Nursing Home which merged with the Bruntsfield Hospital.

She was also a tireless campaigner for women's rights.

She died of cancer in 1917 and was buried at the cemetery. However the heroine's name and a citation listing her achievements had completely worn away.

Staff from Scotmid Co-operative Funeral Directors yesterday unveiled the restored look following painstaking work they had carried out for free.

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