The Logan Grave appeal
RESTORATION OF THE GRAVE OF ELIZABETH LOGAN 1812-1878
Elizabeth Logan was born in Glasgow in 1812 to a Scottish Presbyterian family. In her forties she attended the Edinburgh Nursing School and became one of Florence Nightingale’s nurses in the Crimea. In 1856 Nightingale wrote of her to Lady Canning.
My probable last letter to you is merely to say that Elizabeth Logan, nurse, whom I have sent home by the Ottawa is, on the whole, the one I consider the most respectable and sober, efficient, kind and good of all my nurses, the one I most hope not to lose sight of, the one I have the deepest regard for. She wishes for a private situation. If she comes to you for a character, I think you may be perfectly safe in recommending her. She is an excellent nurse.
High praise indeed from such as she. She later served as a nurse to elderly patients in Mapperley Hall in Nottingham and Shenstone Lodge near Lichfield amongst other places. She died in Lichfield in 1878 and was buried in St. Michael’s churchyard. The inscription on her grave reads.
Having acted with Miss Nightingale in the Crimea on her return she followed the profession of sick nurse for which she was eminently qualified by her skill and experience. A strong sense of duty and great kindness of heart. No one who witnessed her self-denying exertions in aid of suffering humanity could ever forget them. Well done good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
This headstone has recently been rediscovered and, with plans have been put in place to restore it and to use it as a focus for prayer for the healing and serving ministries of the church.
For further information on Elizabeth Logan see the short (15 minute) video at https://youtu.be/716bCmmPaus