Lives of the fellows

John Scott

b.26 January 1797 d.18 January 1859
MD Edin(1820) Hon MA Aberd LRCS Edin FRCP Edin FRCP(1858)

The youngest son of Rev. James Scott, minister of Benholme, Kincardine, John Scott was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen, from his thirteenth to his seventeenth year. He then served an apprenticeship with two Brechin surgeons. He did his medical training proper at the London Hospital and Edinburgh University, graduating as M.D. in 1820. Between 1818 and 1823, he made three voyages to the East in the East India Company’s service, as a surgeon’s mate on the first, and as a ship’s surgeon on the others. In 1824 he started a practice at Barnes, which soon reached lucrative proportions. In 1845 he applied successfully for the post of examining physician to the East India Company, which he retained, under a different designation, on the transfer of the Company’s affairs to the Crown. This connection enabled him to move to the West End of London where a wide practice awaited him. He was a competent administrator as well as an able physician, and met the crisis produced by the Indian Mutiny, which involved him in the speedy despatch of medical stores, with calm efficiency.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1859; D. G. Crawford, Hist. of the Indian Medical Service, 1914, i, 516-7; ii, 164]

(Volume IV, page 97)

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