Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison. ("Sister Dora.") From a photograph by
                                F. Brown, in the possession of Mr Kirby. From A. J. Green Armytage, 
                                    Maids of Honour.

Sister Dora

(Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison)


Clergyman's daughter, Yorkshire
Joined Christ Church Sisterhood, Coatham
As surgical nurse, Walsall, ran quarantine hospital in small-pox epidemic

The Lives of Sister Dora

Alison Booth

DOROTHY WYNDLOW PATTISON was born at Hauxwell, near Richmond, Yorkshire, England, on January 16th, 1832, the eleventh of twelve children (the tenth daughter) of the Rev. Mark James Pattison (1788-1865) and Jane Winn (1793-1860), daughter of a banker and former mayor of Richmond. Rev. Pattison was strictly evangelical and mentally unstable; his wife was induced to commit him to an asylum for almost a year in 1834-1835. The eldest son, Mark Pattison (1813-1884), became an Oxford don and for a time joined the high-church Oxford Movement. The father tried to cut off all communication between the nine sisters at home and this supposed Papist infection, though Mark fostered Dorothy's education and she was often his companion on holidays and visits. The tension between father and son set the stage for Dorothy's non-dogmatic religious fervor, but in her career she broke away from both father and brother.

Based on ODNB, Mabie and Stephens (M+S), an adaptation of Baring-Gould, drawn from Margaret Lonsdale's full-length biography of 1880.