Leonora Rintoul


Leonora Rintoul photo from SOC

Image courtesy of National Library of Scotland

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1951. She and Evelyn Baxter were the only female Fellows of the time who were not graduates. One of first female members of the British Ornithologists’ Union, and a member of the American Ornithological Union

  • BORN 1878 Largo, Fife, Scotland, UK
  • DIED 1953 Upper Largo, Fife, Scotland, UK

Entry by Catherine Booth


Title: A Widow Bird Sate Mourning
Composed by: Marie Dare


Privately educated, with continental travel featuring in her early life

Scientific Achievement

Collaborated with Evelyn Baxter in almost all her working life. Contributed many papers on ornithology to various scientific journals, and collaborated with Evelyn Baxter in the authoritative 2 volume work: Birds of Scotland : their History, Distribution and Migration (1953)


Ornithologist, who was one of the founders of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club. Tramped around most parts of Scotland studying birds. She and Evelyn Baxter made almost frequent visits to the Isle of May, and made meticulous records of the birdlife they saw there between 1907-1933. They included rare migrants and wind and weather data, making their data a unique record of that region.

Did You Know?

She and Evelyn Baxter collected baskets from every part of rural Scotland, and presented their collection to the National Museums of Scotland. Wrote: Largo Village Book in 1932 on the history and lore of the area


Very active in the Women’s Rural Institute in Scotland, lectured, and judged competitions

Places of Interest