The International Story was introduced today to a group of pupils from the Lebanon Evangelical School who were visiting the University as part of a tour of Scotland.
Their school, the Lebanon Evangelical School, was founded in 1860 by the wife of Glasgow graduate, James Bowen Thompson (MD CM 1836). Thompson had entered service with the Syrian Medical Aid Association in 1844. In his post as Chief Medical Officer in Damascus, he met and married Elizabeth Maria Lloyd, who set up the first schools for girls from around the region of Syrian Antioch (Turkey) and in to modern day Lebanon. The University still holds the graduation signature of Dr Thompson (GUAS Ref: R1/5/1 Graduation Album Higher Degrees in Medicine 1817-1883) and it was put on display for the visit.
We were also able to show the group some of our other connections with Lebanon using the content page of the International Story website here.
Our thanks to to their headmaster, Mr Ziad El Helou, and Andrea Smith of the Lebanon Evangelical School and former Glasgow graduate (MA 1996), who contacted the University to arrange the visit.