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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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H. M. Chichester

revised by Patrick Wallis

Broughton, Samuel Daniel (1787–1837), military surgeon, the fourth and youngest son of Thomas Broughton, rector of St Peter's, Bristol, and his wife, Jane, was born in Bristol in July 1787. Thomas Duer Broughton (1778–1835) was his brother. Samuel was educated at Bristol grammar school...

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Bryson, Alexander (1802–1869), naval surgeon, began his professional studies at Edinburgh and continued them at Glasgow, where he qualified in 1827 and was admitted to the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons. In the same year he entered the navy as assistant surgeon; he was promoted surgeon in 1836, deputy inspector-general in 1854, and inspector-general in 1855. In January 1864, on the retirement of ...

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G. T. Bettany

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Burnett, Sir William (1779–1861), naval physician, was born on 16 January 1779 at Montrose. He was educated at Montrose grammar school, and was apprenticed to a local surgeon, Dr Hunter. He then went to Edinburgh to pursue his medical studies but, soon after, entered the ...

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Gibson, Sir James Brown (1805–1868), military physician, studied medicine and graduated MD in 1826 at Edinburgh. He became MRCS, London, in the same year. He entered the military service in 1826 as a hospital assistant, and was promoted assistant surgeon in 1829 and surgeon in 1841. He served for nine years in the ...

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Charles Creighton

revised by Patrick Wallis

Gordon, Theodore (bap. 1780?, d. 1845), army medical officer, may have been the son of Theodore Gordon and Margaret Thomson who was baptized at Cabrach, Aberdeenshire, on 8 June 1780. He studied arts and medicine at King's College, Aberdeen, and at Edinburgh, where he graduated MA in 1802. In 1803 he enlisted as assistant surgeon in the army, and soon after joined the ...

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Hall, Sir John (1795–1866), military surgeon, the son of John Hall and his wife, Isabel (née Fothergill), was born at Little Beck, Westmorland. After leaving Appleby grammar school he studied medicine at Guy's and St Thomas's hospitals in London. In June 1815 he entered the ...

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Charles Creighton

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Hall, Robert (1763–1824), military surgeon, was born at Haughhead, Roxburghshire. He was descended from the ancient Border family of the Halls of Newbiggin, and was great-grandson of Henry Hall of Haughhead (d. 1680), the covenanter.

Following his education at school in Jedburgh...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Hayes, Sir John Macnamara, first baronet (1750?–1809), military physician, was born in Limerick, the son of John Hayes and Margaret, daughter and coheir of Sheedy Macnamara of Ballyally, co. Clare. Nothing further is known about his early life. Hayes served as a surgeon during the American War of Independence, between 1775 and 1783. In October 1777 he was in charge of a hospital abandoned to the enemy during the retreat to ...

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Charles Creighton

revised by David Gates

Hennen, John (1779–1828), army officer and military surgeon, born on 21 April 1779, at Castlebar, co. Mayo, was the younger son of James Hennen, a medical practitioner, and was descended from a family who had held land near Castlebar since the Cromwellian occupation. After school at ...

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Charles Creighton

revised by Tim O'Neill

Hilditch, Sir Edward (1805–1876), naval medical officer, was born on 13 May 1805, the son of John Frederick Hilditch, and his wife, Sarah. He studied medicine at St George's Hospital in London, took his MRCS diploma in 1826, and immediately entered the naval medical service...

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Norman Moore

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Irvine, William (1776–1811), military physician, was born in Glasgow on 22 August 1776, the son of William Irvine (1743–1787), professor of chemistry and materia medica at Glasgow, and his wife, Grace Hamilton. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MD on 25 June 1798. His thesis, ...

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Ives, Edward (1719–1786), naval surgeon and traveller, was born in Lymington, Hampshire, on 9 February 1719; of his early life little is known save that he had at least one sister, Gatty. He served in the navy as surgeon of the Dragon initially in the ...

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Lemprière, William (b. before 1789, d. 1834), military physician and writer, was the third son of Thomas Lemprière of Jersey. He entered the Army Medical Service when young and by 1789 was attached to the garrison of Gibraltar. In September 1789 Sidi Mahommed...

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W. A. J. Archbold

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Liddell, Sir John (1794–1868), naval medical officer, was born at Dunblane, Scotland, in 1794. After entering the navy as an assistant surgeon in 1812, he served in France, North America, Portugal, and the West Indies. He graduated MD at Edinburgh University in 1822 and became LCS (Edinburgh) in 1821....

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Linton, Sir William (1801–1880), military physician, eldest son of Jabez Linton of Hardrigg Lodge, Dumfriesshire, and Jane, daughter of William Crocket of Grahamshill in the same county, was born at Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. He was educated at Edinburgh University, and became LCS in 1826. While at university he spent four of his summer vacations working as a surgeon on a whaling ship in the ...

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George Stronach

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Marshall, Henry (1775–1851), military surgeon, was born on 23 November 1775 at Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, the son of John Marshall, a farmer. He studied medicine at Glasgow College, and in May 1803 was appointed surgeon's mate in the Royal Navy. In January 1805 he left the ...

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Menzies, Archibald (1754–1842), naval surgeon and botanical collector, was born at the house of Styx or Stix, near Aberfeldy, Perthshire, on 15 March 1754, the son of James and Ann Menzies. He had three brothers and four sisters, and was educated at the parish school at ...

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Monro, Donald (1728–1802), military physician, born in Edinburgh on 15 January 1728, was the second surviving son of Alexander Monro primus (1697–1767), and Isabella, second daughter of Sir Donald MacDonald of Sleat. He was the elder brother of Alexander Monro secundus (1733–1817). He was educated at ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Neale, Adam (1779–1832), military physician and author, was born in Edinburgh on 1 April 1779 and was baptized at the Old Kirk on 13 April, the son of John Neal (or Neale), merchant, and his wife, Katherine, née Adam. He was educated in ...