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Elizabeth (Betty) Forbes Macpherson was born in Greenock in 1883 to Jessie G Macpherson and John F Macpherson, a minister. She studied drawing and painting and design at The Glasgow School of Art from 1903 to 1909. During the First World War she joined the Scottish Women's Hospital as an orderly. From 1916 to 1919 she worked at a mobile hospital unit established by the Scottish Women's Hospital and the French Red Cross at Royaumont Abbey, France, along with her contemporary Norah Neilson Gray. In 1925 she married Charles MacIntosh Bruce. She died in 1965. Betty Macpherson is listed in the School's World War One Roll of Honour.
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