Forbes-Sempill, Elizabeth (1912–1965)

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Forbes-Sempill, Elizabeth (1912–1965)

Scottish aristocrat and physician. Name variations: Elizabeth Forbes Sempill; Dr. Ewan Forbes-Sempill; Sir Ewan Forbes, 20th Lord Sempill. Born Sept 6, 1912, at Craigevar, Aberdeen, Scotland; died Sept 12, 1991, in Scotland; 3rd and youngest dau. of John Forbes-Sempill, 18th Baron Sempill and 9th baronet (died 1934); m. Isabella Mitchell (receptionist and housekeeper), 1952.

Took up a medical practice in Alford (1945) and began dressing as a man; since the titles of the family always passed through the male line, applied to the sheriff of Aberdeen for a warrant for birth re-registration as a male (1952), henceforth known as Dr. Ewan Forbes-Sempill; as a transsexual, married Isabella Mitchell that same year; when brother William died (1965), successfully claimed the titles (Dec 30, 1965).

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