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H. M. Chichester

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Bisset, Charles (1717–1791), physician and military engineer, was born at Glenalbert, near Dunkeld, Perthshire, the son of a lawyer who specialized in Scots law. He studied medicine in Edinburgh and in 1740 was appointed second surgeon of the military hospital, Jamaica. He later served on board ...

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Dhenin, Sir Geoffrey Howard (1918–2011), physician and air force officer, was born at 24 Treharne Road, Caerau, Maesteg, Glamorgan, on 2 April 1918, the son of Lewis Richard Dhenin (1890–1918), a master baker who had served as a corporal in the Glamorgan yeomanry...

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Dover, Thomas (bap. 1662, d. 1742), physician and privateer, was baptized on 6 May 1662 at Barton on the Heath, Warwickshire, the third son of John Dover (bap. 1614, d. 1696), gentleman, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Vade. Thomas was grandson of ...

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Dunn, James Churchill (1871–1955), medical doctor and army officer, was born at Churchill, near Auckland, New Zealand, on 24 February 1871, the only known child of Richard Dunn (1839–1871), from a family of coal-masters in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, and his young Irish wife. Within three or four months of ...

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Charles Creighton

revised by Jeffrey S. Reznick

Forbes, James (1779–1837), military surgeon and physician, was born at Aberdeen, and received his MA at Marischal College, Aberdeen. He then studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MD in 1803. In the same year he entered the army as assistant surgeon to the ...

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Gregorie [Gregory], David (1625–1720), physician and inventor of a cannon, son of the Revd John Gregorie, minister of Drumoak in Aberdeenshire, and elder brother of James Gregory (1638–1675), was born on 20 December 1625. His early education was probably undertaken by his mother, ...

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C. L. Kingsford

revised by M. J. Mercer

Hensey, Florence (fl. 1748–1760), physician and spy, was born in co. Kildare, the son of Florence Hensey (d. 1757) of Ballycumeen, and his wife, Mary (d. 1748). Brought up as a Catholic, he moved to England when very young; he then apparently was educated at the ...

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Lind, James (1716–1794), naval surgeon and physician, was born in Edinburgh on 4 October 1716, the son of James Lind, a merchant, and his wife, Margaret Smelholme (Smellum), a member of an Edinburgh medical family. (He is not to be confused with his cousin ...

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James Lind (1716–1794) by John Wright (after Sir George Chalmers, 1783) Wellcome Library, London

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Mercer, Hugh (1725–1777), physician and revolutionary army officer in America, was born in Aberdeen, the son of William Mercer, possibly a minister, and his wife, Anna Munro. He studied medicine at Marischal College, Aberdeen, from 1740 to 1744. He joined the Jacobite army of ...

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Nooth, John Mervin (1737–1828), physician and army officer, was born on 5 September 1737 at Sturminster Newton, Dorset, the son of Henry Nooth, apothecary, and his wife, Bridget, daughter of John Mervin, apothecary. He studied medicine at Edinburgh, graduating MD in 1766, and subsequently spent some time on the continent. In 1773 he was living in ...

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Prescott, Oliver (1731–1804), physician and revolutionary army officer in America, was born on 27 April 1731 in Groton, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Prescott and his wife, Abigail Oliver. He attended Harvard College, graduated in 1750, and studied medicine for a time with ...