Lady Burdon-Sanderson, who died in Aberdeenshire on July 3, was the widow of Sir John Burdon-Sanderson, Bt., F.R.S., formerly Waynflete Professor of Physiology and then Regius Professor of Medicine in the University of Oxford. He died on November 23, 1905.
Lady Burdon-Sanderson was a daughter of the Rev. Ridley Herschell and a sister of the late Lord Herschell, Lord Chancellor of England. She was thus aunt to the present Lord Herschell. Her nephews by marriage were Mr. Richard Burdon-Sanderson, of Otterburn Dene, Northumberland, who died a short time ago; Mr. James Burdon-Sanderson; the Right Hon. Richard Burdon Haldane, Secretary of State for War; Mr. John Scott Haldane, F.R.S., of Oxford; and Mr. W. S. Haldane, of Edinburgh.
Lady Burdon-Sanderson was a woman of considerable literary and intellectual gifts. She assisted her husband and very materially in his strenuous work during more than 50 years of their married life, and at the time of her death was occupied in writing his biography. In early life she also published memoirs of her father and mother. She had a very large circle of friends at Oxford and elsewhere, amongst whom her ready sympathy and keen common sense were always deeply valued and will be greatly missed. She was a member of council of Somerville College, Oxford, and there were many philanthropic societies there in which she took a deep interest. As a member of the National Union of Women Workers she visited Aberdeen for the purpose of attending its annual conference last October. On arriving at the railway station she was thrown over by a truck, and sustained injuries from which she never fully recovered.