Great Scots – Charles Maitland

Son of a farmer, he became a surgeon, who was the first to inoculate people against the disease of smallpox, which had terrorised Europe for centuries.

In 1718, he was serving in the British Embassy in Constantinople, Turkey, and inoculated the Ambassador’s 5 year old son, Edward.The process was carried out by an elderly Greek woman from Perla, under Maitland’s direction. The Ambassador’s wife, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, did not tell her husband for a week, after which time it had proved to be successful!

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