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Information about Various Surgeons
Submitted by various Co. Tyrone List Members

Put together by Teena

subscribers to Poems on Several Subjects; by the Rev. John Anketell, A.B. Curate of Donaghendry Parish

Dr William MAXWELL of Omagh 1793
Dr James REYNOLDS Cookstown      

1861 census

Joseph Caldwell Surgeon Royal Navy  vessels-  Caesar  Town: Mediterranean Age: 43 yrs 4 Months  born abt 1817 in Tyrone, Ireland  

John Brown  Asst Surgeon Vessels Donegat  town: Hamoaze  Registration district: Anglesey Sub registration district: Holyhead Cornwall  Age 22  born abt 1839 born: Drumguin Tyrone  

William Patrick  Surgeon Royal Navy Vessel Niger Town: Manukau Harbour New Zealand Age 36 born abt 1825 in Ardstraw Tyrone  

Charles Sproull Surgeon Royal Navy Vessel  Grasshopper Town: Foochow China Age: 37 born abt 1824 in Lowstown, Tyrone    

1861 Dale   St David  Milford Pembrokeshire  Wales W Hemphill Age 31  born abt 1830 in Tyrone Medical Officer (Officer)   

1871 Birmingham Workhouse Ecclesiastical parish All Saints  Warwickshire  England Adam Royd Sumpton Medical Officer (Officer) Age 35 born abt 1836 in Tyrone    

1881 High Street  Burford  Oxfordshire  England Samuel Alexander Age 25 born abt 1856 Assistant Surgeon born:Tyrone  

1881 Civil Parish: Lewisham  London  Street address: Rushy Green House Thomas Milchele [Thomas Mitchell]  Ag: 30 brn abt 1851in Tyrone surgeon in practice. Spouse's Name: Elizabeth    

William HAMILTON,  M.D. was born at Strabane, Co. Tyrone, in 1758, and educated at Glasgow, where  he passed through the curriculum of arts, and then  proceeded to Edinburgh, where he graduated doctor  of medicine 24th June, 1779 (D.M.I, de Sanguine  Humano). He was admitted a Licentiate of the  College of Physicians 30th September, 1786; was  elected physician to the London hospital 5th December,  1787, and died at his house in Old Broad-street  5th May, 1807.
extracted from  The Roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London v. 2 By Royal College of Physicians   

SIR George  MAGRATH, M.D., was born in the county of Tyrone, and was bred a surgeon, in which capacity he entered the navy, and was flag medical officer to lord Nelson during his command in the Mediterranean.
He was created doctor of medicine by the university of St. Andrew's, 13th February, 1822, was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1822, and a Fellow 9th July, 1847. He was elected a fellow of the Royal society 24th June, 1819, and was knighted 16th September, 1831, by William IV, to whom, when lord high admiral, he had held the office of physician. Sir George Magrath, on being placed on half-pay, settled as a physician at Plymouth, where he died 12th May, 1857.  

Scott, Mr. Jos. Hemphill, Surgeon of the Royal Tyrone Staff, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of London, Caledon, Ireland subscriber to the The Medico-chirurgical Review 1825  

Royal Navy Surgeons MDRNs

James Atchison  1803 - 1862 of Glenglush, Parish of Ardstraw, CoTyrone Date promoted to Surgeon: 02/08/1843 His son Cunningham Atchison  c 1834 - 1867, died in Ceylon Appointed Assistant Surgeon in RN 24 May 1852 Possibly his other son James Atchison 1832 - 97 came to Australia about 1862 and then  immigrated to NZ in 1866.

Alick Osbourne  and  John Osborne both of Lifford, Donegal. They served aboard Convict and Immigration ships to Australia, both settling in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Medical Doctors
Charles Matthews  1812 - 42 of Donegal
His son James Matthews died 1924
Robert Keys 1852 - ?  was in Canada in late 1880's
Then Dr Alexander Todd, born Fyfin,
 above; submitted by Atchison atchis1[at]ihug.co.nz

Following data is available at the national Archives of Ireland web-site  

Letter from James Gillespie, Medical Doctor and Coroner, Cookstown, County Tyrone, to Mr Michael Collins, Chairman, Provisional Government, 3 March 1922, regarding an attempt on the life of Patrick Higgins, a prisoner in Derry Jail.
James Gillespie also relates the case of Daniel Higgins whose jaw was fractured by a 'Special Officer in uniform ... They were raiding the house and arrested his brother Patrick.'
Thomas BURTON, Royal Naval Surgeon and his brother John Burton. In tracing my son in law's family history I became involved in research in a small village in Quebec, Canada,  called Kilkenny. There in the grounds of a little church called St. John in the wilderness, we found the headstone labeled "John Burton, a native of Tyrone", who was my son in law's several greats grandfather. His wife was Jane Beaver, also of Tyrone.
Further research and finding other living descendants led to our discovery of a small handwritten note in the possession of one of them:- 'taken from a newspaper clipping;
Burton - At Kilkenny Que. on the 2nd June 1881, John Burton age 94, brother of the late Thomas Burton, surgeon of the Royal Navy, County Tyrone.  I was plowing straight back of the house in the evening. Joseph was driving for me when mother called us home that grandpa was dead'.  

We learned that John Burton, born 1787,  had emigrated in 1830, with his wife and 5 children. We thought it was curious that the family thought that his brother was more important to record in his obituary than his father.  

I went on a search for Thomas Burton through contacts on Mariners lists. I was given the information that Thomas Burton was appointed Assistant Surgeon 20th March 1813 according to the Navy List. Family tradition says that John was the youngest child, so that fit.  

One of our researchers volunteered to pay for a London genealogist to follow up on Thomas Burton. We received good information, probably gained from Greenwich or a London source. Thomas Burton's first ship was "Gladiator", to which he went on 27th March 1813.  On 16 May he was transfered to "Rippon" where he remained to 15 May 1814. His next ship was "Foxhound", from September 1814 to September 1815. He was on "Brazen" from 16 September 1815 to 14 September 1816. He was then transferred to "Antelope", part of the West Indies station.  He probably had some leave from 20 March 1819. On 30 July 1819 he was sent to HMS "Leander", a 60 gun frigate posted to the East Indies. He was on Leander until 8 May 1820 when he was sent to "Carron". She was ship-wrecked on 6 July 1820 and he became a supernumary Assistant Surgeon on Leander's books until 15 September 1822. However, he was also employed during that time at the Naval Hospital, Trincomalee (old Ceylon) and as acting surgeon on "Curlew" and Termagant" until 4 August 1823.  

Thomas was promoted to Surgeon on 25 September 1823, and was sent to his next ship, "Shamrock" on 23 November 1823. On 28 September 1824 he was discharged to Half-Pay, so was intended to await another ship. Joseph Dufaur, an official Navy Agent, was nominated to pass on his money, and Dufaur's address was Moy, Co.Tyrone.  

In January 1826 Thomas was offered a post as a supernumary on a foreign station, but he declined on the grounds of ill-health. The suspicious Admiralty demanded evidence and he was examined in Tyrone by 2 doctors from Dublin who reported that he had hepatitis and was not fully recovered. In May that year he was made to report for a medical examination probably in Dublin and was 'found unfit'. He was given sick leave, but, in May 1827 he again reported that he was unfit. He was granted further sick leave.  

On 6 January 1828, Thomas was "in last stages of Phthisis Pulmonalis" (TB) and Mr. Dufaur reported his death on 8th or 28th January (unclear which). No burial, tombstone or church record has ever been found by us, nor has any church record of his family.  

Recently, with the release of searchable EPPIs, I found the record of Thomas Burton of Cureen Tyrone, in the list of Apothecaries Licensed in Dublin, October 6 1809.  

John Burton must have been so proud of his brother that talk of him continued until at least 1881 when the obituary was written. Some descendants told stories of the Captain Burton, who was shipwrecked off India, which, like the game “Whispers”, was how the story came down to them.  

We recently discovered letters in government records that were sent in support of John Burton's possible emigration in 1827. He was a yeoman. Cookstown was his 'post-town'. He  said he was a linen, muslin and diaper weaver,as well as a farmer, and was a member of the Benburb Yeomanry Infantry. The parish of Kildress wrote a supporting letter saying he had been a member of the church since infancy. John's own letter said " I am a person of good inclinations to all, but of small means, of my support, a wife and 5 growing children"  

Romantically, some descendants have a story that John Burton worked for a rich man called Beaver, and eloped with the daughter of the family, Jane, who was then disowned and they had to move away (I found a reference to Strews Tyrone in Griffiths)...if there's any truth in this story, it could account for why he was so poor, but his brother had been to Dublin and trained to be a surgeon.
submitted & transcribed by Val, torisnan@rogers.com

Duncan STEWART,  Surgeon, Dunganon, Ireland.— Account of the Casarían Operation done with success by a Midwife. Ed. Med. Ess. v. p. 439. 1736.
Duncan STEWART, Historical and Genealogical Account of the Royal Family of Scotland, from King Kenneth 1 1. who conquered the Picts; and of the surname of Stewart from the first founder of that name. To which is prefixed, a Genealogical and Chronological Tree of the Royal  Family and Name of Stewart. Edin. 1739, 4to.
Bibliotheca Britannica; Or, A General Index to British and Foreign Literature By Robert Watt  

The Belfast Monthly Magazine
List of Diseases occurring in the practice of a Physician in Belfast, from
December 20, 1809 till January 20, 1810. .
highest ------ 30 0 ----------Thermometer....
mean ------- -29 0 ----------highest - - - - 53 0
lowes--------  28 0 ----------mean - - - - 41 0
-----------------------------lowest - ... 30 0
Typhus, .-.-.- 8  Common contagious fever.
tuper  Mesenterica. . .1 Hectic fever, aud wasting of the body,
from diseased glands in the body.
Ophlhalmia, - ... 3 Inflammation of the eyes.
Cynanche, ----- 1 Quinsy.
Hepitis .... - 1 Inflammation of the liver.
Rheumatismus, - - - 4 Acute rheumatism.
Arthrodyma, - - - . 2 Chronic rheumatism.
Rubeola, ---.-- 1 Measles.
Scarlatina, ----- 6 Scarlet fever.
Hemaptysis, - ... Spitting of blood.
Phthisis, ------ 3 Consumption.
Catarhas, ----- 4 Common cold.
Dysyenteria, . - - . 1 Bloody flux.
Dyspepsia,- ... - 2 Indigestion, with flatulence of thr ntornach.
Palpitatio cordis, - - I Palpitation of the heart.
Asthma,- - - — - 4 Asthma.
Hytttria, - - - - - 1 Hysterics.
Scrophula, ----- 6 Evil.
Iilerut, - - - — - 1 Jaundice.
Annsmitorganica, . 1 An imperfect sense of smelling.
Aphonia c.alnrrhalis, - \ Loss of voice from a cold. ,
Psora, -...2 Itch.
Herjjtt, - - - ... 4 Ringworm, or tetter.
Sufhilit, ? „ „ , .. flLrrU,
J ' - ' 8 Venere«l d,sea«. tlorbi Infantiles, - 16, Febrile and bowel complaint! of children. The increased contagious and scarlet fevers in the last month, if not sufficient to excite alarm, ought at least to rouse in us a spirit of vigilance and observation that we may be enabled to arrest the progress of either, as far as the present improved state of medical science enables us.    

Edward Hugh Edwards Stack born 15 Dec 1886 at Langfield Co. Tyrone. He is the 3rd son of Rev Thomas LINDSAY B.D. of Molville. Edward STACK attended Pembroke College admin. 18 yrs when he entered in 1884. He was the House Physician at St Bartholomew's Hospital; there. M.R.C.S.; L.R.C.P., 1892; F.R.C.S., 1897. Edward Stack also practiced as a House Physician and House Surgeon in the Royal Infirmary, Bristol. Clinical Lecturer at Bristol University and was an expert in Ophthalmic specialist. Edward served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Capt., R.A.M.C.). Edward married before the Great War to Caroline Marie Dorothea, dau. of Tristram Kennedy. on Jan. 17, 1910. He  died 3 Aug. 1922.    

Charles Elrington Stokes born 30 June 1861 3rd s. of the Rev. Thomas Gabriel (1846) of Aughnacloy Co.Tyrone. Entered Sydney College  Michs. 1880.  Adm. pens, at SIDNEY, Oct. 11, 1880 Charles was a resident Surgeon at Meath Hospital; a Clinical Assistant at Coombe Hospital. Of Chard, Somerset, in 1900. Practised at Exeter, 1910-40. Married. Died Feb. 8, 1940, at Exeter. Brother of William F. (1877). (Medical Directories; The Times, Feb. 12, 1940.)  

Arthur Brooke Faulkner Born 1779  4th son of Hugh Esq. of Wellbroke and Seville Park, Co. Tyrone. Arthur entered St. Catherine's College in 1795 and received his B.A. from Dublin, 1805; M.A. 1805. Adm. at St Catherine's June 28, 1805.. Matric. at Trinity College, Dublin, May 4, 1795; age 15; B.A. (Dubl.) 1800, as Falkiner. studied medicine at Edinburgh; M.D. (Edin.) 1803. Arthur was a medical student at the London Hospital, and at Westminster Hospital, 1803-5 Adm. ad eundem at Trinity College, Dublin; incorp. at Oxford, July 2, 1806; B. Med. and D. Med. (Oxford) July 11-12, 1806. Adm. candidate of the College of Physicians, Mar. 23, 1807; F.R.C.P., 1808. Physician to the Forces, serving on the Staff in Spain, Holland, Sicily and Malta. Distinguished himself by directing quarantine procedure at Malta, 1813. Knighted, Feb. 23, 1815 Retired from military service and settled at Cheltenham. Physician-in-Ordinary to the Duke of Sussex. Married Anne, dau. of Donald McLeod, Esq., of Lewes, Sussex. Known as an entertaining narrator of foreign travel. Author, An account of Malta plague (1820); Arthur Died May 23, 1845, at his residence, Erington, near Cheltenham William Gordon born 1863 to George of Greenfield House Strabane, Co Tyrone. William Entered Trinity College Michs. 1882. He has a long list of qualifications having studied at Heidelberg and at University College Hospital. L.R.C.P., 1888. M.R.C.P., 1891. F.R.C.P., 1903. He was President of Section of Medicine, British Medical Association, 1907; and President of Section of Balneology and Climatology, 1915-17; William Gordon was a Hyde Lecturer, 1913 a Chairman on the Sub-Committee on British Medical Reform, 1896-8. William served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Medical Officer, No. 1 Temp. Hospital, Exeter). After the War he was President of S.W. Branch of British Medical Association, 1924-5. Practised at 3, Barnfield Crescent, Exeter. Qualifications also included-Consulting Physician to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and to the West of England Eye Infirmary. Author, medical. Died Oct. 1, 1929, at Exeter. (Medical Directories; Who was Who; The Times, Oct. 3, 1929.) Christopher Robert Pemberton born 1765 the 5th son of the Rev. Jeremiah (1732), of Trumpington, Cambs. B. 1765, Adm. pens. (age 18), at CAIUS, Feb. 25, 1784 Entered Caius College Easter, 1784. Scholar, 1784; M.B. 1789; M.D. 1794. Fellow, 1793. F.R.C.P., 1796; Gulstonian Lecturer, 1797; Censor, 1796, 1804 and 1811; Harveian Orator, 1806. F.R.S., 1797. Physician at St George's Hospital, 1800-8. Physician-Extraordinary to the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cumberland, 1806, and to H.M. the King. Suffered severely from 'tic douloureux' (facial neuralgia) and obliged to retire from practice. 'An excellent clinical observer, who had paid much attention to morbid anatomy.' Married (1) Sarah –; (2) Aug. 1794, Eleanor, dau. of James Hamilton, of Woodbrook, Co. Tyrone. Author, A Practical Treatise on Various Diseases of the Abdominal Viscera. Died July 31, 1822, of apoplexy, at Fredville, Kent. Brother of Thomas (1773), Jeremiah (1758) and Henry J. (1770); father of John J. (1813). (Venn, II. 108; D.N.B.; Pemberton Pedigrees; Burke, L. G., which has parentage wrong.) Christopher died 31 Jul 1822.

Strabane Directory of 1876
APOTHECARIES. (Pharmacist ) (See also Physicians and Surgeons.)
French N Druggist Main Street
Hill J & Co Druggists Castle Street
McKee Miss Druggist Main Street
McKinney A.W. Druggist Main Street  

Aug 21.1825 At Pentonville, in his 35th year, Mr. Thomas Reid, in the Royal Navy. Mr. Reid wasborn and educated near Duugannon, in the county of Tyrone, Ireland. He was actively employed for many years in various parts of the world, from which he made occasional contributions to the public Museums of Great Britain. His conversational powers were of the highest rank, and his literary talents of no common order. He was the author of an interesting volume on his voyage to New South Wales, and of a work entitled  "Reid 's Travels in Ireland." from The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature 1825

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