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Atkins, John (bap. 1685, d. 1757), naval surgeon, the son of John and Grace Atkins, was baptized on 26 November 1685 at Plaistow, Essex. He served a professional apprenticeship before commencing a chequered naval career in March 1701 as surgeon's mate of the ...

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Barry, Sir David (1780–1835), army surgeon and physiologist, was born on 12 March 1780 in co. Roscommon, Ireland. After showing early talent in classics and mathematics, he eventually decided upon a career in medicine. He was examined for the army in the Royal College of Surgeons...

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Sir James Hillyar (1769–1843) by unknown artist, 1807–12 © National Maritime Museum, London

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Roger Morriss

Hillyar, Sir James (1769–1843), naval officer, eldest son of James Hillyar, surgeon in the navy, was born on 29 October 1769 at Portsea, Hampshire. He entered the navy in 1779, on the Chatham, under Captain John Orde, and was in her at the capture of the ...

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D'A. Power

revised by Bertrand O. Taithe

Manley, William George Nicholas (1831–1901), military surgeon, was born at Dublin, the second son of the Revd William Nicholas Manley. His mother was a daughter of Dr Brown, a surgeon in the army. He was educated at the Blackheath proprietary school, probably followed an apprenticeship in surgery, and was admitted a member of the ...

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Murray, John (1809–1898), army surgeon and photographer, was born at Blackhouse, Peterhead, Aberdeen, on 3 December 1809, the second son of Alexander Murray, a farmer, and his wife, Catherine Johnston. He studied at Marischal College, Aberdeen, from 1824 until 1828, when he graduated MA. He then studied at ...

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Outram, Sir Benjamin Fonseca (1774–1856), surgeon and naval officer, son of Captain William Outram, was born in Kilham, near Bridlington, Yorkshire, and baptized at Gravesend, Kent. He was apprenticed to a Mr Coleman and later to Mr William Harvis, surgeon-apothecaries of Gravesend. He joined the ...

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G. Le G. Norgate

revised by Andrew Lambert

Rae, Sir William (1786–1873), naval surgeon, was the son of Matthew Rae of Park-end, Annandale, Dumfries. He was educated at Lochmaben and Dumfries schools, and afterwards graduated MD at Edinburgh University. In 1804 he entered the medical service of the East India Company...

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L. G. C. Laughton

revised by J. Watt

Reid, Sir John Watt (1823–1909), surgeon and naval officer, born in Edinburgh on 25 February 1823, was the younger son of John Watt Reid, surgeon in the navy, and his wife, Jane, daughter of James Henderson, an Edinburgh merchant. Educated at Edinburgh Academy...

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Samwell, David [Dafydd Samuel; pseud. Dafydd Ddu Feddyg] (1751–1798), naval surgeon and poet, was born on 15 October 1751 at Nantglyn, Denbighshire, the second son of William Samuel (1713–1765), vicar of the parish, and his wife, Margaret (1708?–1780). He was the grandson of ...

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Spry, Henry Harpur (1804–1842), army surgeon and writer on India, second son of Jeffery Spry (d. 1829) of the excise and his wife, Philadelphia, daughter of Joseph Knight of Bodrean, was born at Truro Vean, Cornwall, on 6 January 1804.

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Twining, William (1790–1835), military surgeon, was born in Nova Scotia, the son of the Revd William Twining, and Sarah, daughter of Joshua Wingate Weeks. He was the grandson of the Revd Griffith Twining of Pembrokeshire, who went to Nova Scotia as a missionary for the ...

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E. I. Carlyle

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Warren, John Taylor (1770–1849), military surgeon, born on 10 November 1770, was the son of Thomas Warren of Dunstable, Bedfordshire. He entered Merchant Taylors' School, London, in 1780, and afterwards studied medicine at St George's Hospital, where he became a favourite pupil of ...

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D'A. Power

revised by Tim O'Neill

Wyatt, John (bap. 1825, d. 1874), army surgeon, was baptized in the parish church of Aldingbourne, Sussex, on 28 October 1825, the eldest son of James Wyatt of Lidsey, near Chichester, yeoman, and his wife, Caroline. He was admitted as a member of the ...