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Bryden, James Lumsdaine (1833–1880), surgeon and medical statistician, was born in Edinburgh; little is known of his parents or his early life. He attended Edinburgh high school and then Edinburgh University, where he obtained the licentiateship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh...


John Dawson (bap. 1735, d. 1820) by William Whiston Barney, pubd 1809 (after Joseph Allen) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Dawson, John (bap. 1735, d. 1820), mathematician and surgeon, was born at Raygill Farm in Garsdale, near Sedbergh in Yorkshire, the younger of the two sons of William Dawson and his wife, Mary, and was baptized on 25 February 1735. Accounts of his life have tended to stress the extreme poverty of his background. But ...