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James Atkinson (1759–1839) by William Etty, 1832 York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)


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Atkinson, James (1759–1839), surgeon and bibliographer, the son of a medical practitioner and friend of Laurence Sterne, received his medical education as a pupil of Henry Cline of St Thomas's Hospital, London, and attended the lectures of Thomas Denman, physician-accoucheur to the Middlesex Hospital...


Kennedy, James (1784/5–1851), medical bibliographer, was the son of Captain John Kennedy. He was born in Scotland and spent his childhood at Tillyrie, near Kinross. He became librarian to the Glasgow Public Library (a subscription library) and was presumably responsible for the catalogue printed in 1810, which displays his lifelong tendency to over-elaboration. He celebrated his native region in ...


Watt, Robert (bap. 1774, d. 1819), physician and bibliographer, was baptized on 1 May 1774 in Stewarton parish church, Stewarton, Ayrshire, the youngest of the three sons of John Watt, farmer, of Bonnyton, Ayrshire, and his wife, Jean Calderwood. Watt's early years were spent on his father's small farm. At the age of six he was sent to the local parish school, where he was an able pupil whose intellectual abilities aroused the jealousy of his contemporaries. He remained at this school until he was twelve, when he became a jobbing ploughman around the neighbourhood of his father's farm. While still in his teens he travelled to ...