Nursing & Midwifery

Angelique Pringle, 1846-1920

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Angelique Pringle was a Scottish nurse who studied at the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. She became a close friend of Nightingale who nicknamed her ‘The Pearl’ due to Pringle’s combination of exceptional skills and small stature.

Pringle went on to transform nurse training as Matron at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and later became Matron at St Thomas’ in 1887. She was forced to resign in 1890, however, due to her conversion to Catholicism, which was viewed with suspicion in Victorian England.

Photograph of Angelique Pringle. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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