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Obituary: The Late Dr Winnie Ewing

profile picture of a smiling Winnie Ewing when she was in her late 70s

“She was one of the most generous people one would ever meet, hosting meetings, dinners & other social events. She would send encouragement to local people of all ages setting up new businesses of all kinds. Winnie struck up lasting friendships with people like Marjorie Linklater, also an SNP supporter & women’s rights campaigner from her early years. “

Scurvy, Smallpox, Syphilis: 18thC Living Conditions, Part 4

a person's body cover in the small pox spots

It has been estimated that smallpox was killing as many as 400,000 people per year in Europe by the end of the 18th century. Sadly, the majority of these deaths were children, as it was “chiefly a disease of infancy and early childhood”. However, even if some of the population survive the disease itself, they may well succumb to secondary infections such as bronchopneumonia and streptococcal septicaemia.