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Gordon, Theodorelocked

(bap. 1780?, d. 1845)
  • Charles Creighton
  • , revised by Patrick Wallis

Gordon, Theodore (bap. 1780?, d. 1845), army medical officer, may have been the son of Theodore Gordon and Margaret Thomson who was baptized at Cabrach, Aberdeenshire, on 8 June 1780. He studied arts and medicine at King's College, Aberdeen, and at Edinburgh, where he graduated MA in 1802. In 1803 he enlisted as assistant surgeon in the army, and soon after joined the 91st highland infantry, accompanying the regiment to Germany in 1805. He also saw service in the Iberian peninsula, and escaped a shipwreck in the Douro (one of only seven survivors) while in charge of the wounded from Sir John Moore's army. He became surgeon to the 2nd battalion 89th regiment, and afterwards to the 4th regiment (King's Own), along with which he joined Wellington in the Peninsula, where he was present at the battles of Salamanca, Vitoria, Badajoz, San Sebastian, and Burgos, and was promoted to the rank of staff surgeon. Having been badly wounded while crossing the frontier into France, he was brought home with a rifle ball in his neck which surgeons were unable to extract until he arrived at Plymouth, and was invalided for a year.

Gordon next joined the Chelsea Hospital, London, as staff surgeon. He went on to take charge of a hospital at Brussels, after Waterloo, and then joined Wellington's staff in Paris, where he was promoted to be physician to the forces. After the peace he was chosen by Sir James MacGrigor to be professional assistant at the medical board of the War Office, and he spent the remaining thirty years of his life in that post. In 1836 he attained the rank of deputy inspector-general of hospitals. On 9 October 1822 he married Elizabeth Bruce, daughter of the Revd P. Barclay, and niece of Major-General Sir Robert Barclay KCB. Gordon died at Brighton on 30 March 1845. He was survived by his wife.


  • GM, 1st ser., 92/2 (1822), 464
  • GM, 2nd ser., 23 (1845), 651–2
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