Agnes Forbes Blackadder was born in Dundee, Scotland. She was the first female graduate of the University of St. Andrews, and then became one of the first women to matriculate at Queen Margaret College for Women at the University of Glasgow. She won first class certificates in several subjects before graduating with a medical degree in 1901. That same year, she married Thomas Dixon Savill, a fellow physician, and moved to London. She had a successful career as a doctor, with specialties in dermatology and radiology, and worked for women's suffrage. During World War I, Dr. Agnes Savill helped set up hospital units at Royaumont, France, near Paris, where she introduced state-of-the-art X-ray equipment and did pioneering work in the prevention and treatment of gangrene. She loved music and thought it had a powerful therapeutic effect; she published an influential book entitled Music, Health and Character (1923). After the war, she edited her late husband's textbook, Savill's System of Clinical Medicine, for many years, and wrote scholarly articles and other books, including Alexander the Great and His Times (1955). She was the sixth woman to be elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.