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Braid, James (1795–1860), surgeon and hypnotist, son of James Braid and his wife, Anne Suttie, was born on 19 June 1795 at Ryelaw in a detached part of the parish of Portmoak, Kinross, Scotland. His father owned land in Ryelaw and in neighbouring ...

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Elliotson, John (1791–1868), physician and mesmerist, was born on 24 October 1791 in Southwark, London, the son of John Elliotson, a prosperous apothecary and chemist, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated privately and (from 1805) at Edinburgh University, where he received the degree of MD in 1810; he became LRCP (...

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Mainauduc, John Boniot de [John Boniot Demainauduc] (c. 1750–1797), surgeon and animal magnetizer, was born in Cork, the son of Elias Mainauduc (c.1710–1790), 'one of the greatest mathematicians in Europe', according to the Gentleman's Magazine (60, 1790, 575), but, more probably, a linen draper, of French protestant descent. After a classical education, probably in ...