1802 (arrived 30 October 1802)
DAVIES, Thomas R.N. * 7 August 1809
Thomas Davies was included in the
Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814
Thomas Davies was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the
convict ship Medway in 1821
in 1823 and the
Asia (111) in 1825.
The Henry departed London 28th April 1823 and arrived
in Port Jackson 26th August 1823. The Asia departed
Portsmouth on 5th January 1825 and arrived in Port Jackson on
29 April 1825.
Thomas Davies was appointed Surgeon to the Astraea at
Falmouth on 20 April 1832.
Lord Auckland 1853
DEAS, David R.N.* 7 June 1828
David Deas was born c. 1807.
He was appointed assistant surgeon on the Dee
steamer in 1834 (Morning Post 21st April 1834)
and to the Hydra in 1839...
David Deas was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy
who were fit for service in 1841. He was employed as Surgeon
Superintendent on the Lord Petra in 1843 (to VDL).
He kept a medical journal from 17th June to 15th November
He was appointed surgeon to the Amazon in 1844 (Lancet)
and to the Southampton in 1848 (Hampshire Telegraph 12
In 1854 he was appointed Deputy Inspector to the
Britannia (The Standard 26 June 1854). In November 1854 he
was Deputy Medical Inspector of Fleets when he signed a roll
of the killed and wounded in the Siege of Sebastopol
(Jackson's Oxford Journal 6 November 1854)
In 1855 he was promoted from Deputy Inspector of Hospitals
to Inspector of Hospitals and appointed to Royal Albert, flag
ship of Rear Admiral Sir Edmund Lyons on the black Sea station
Service Magazine 1855)
He was awarded Order of the Bath in 1856 (Daily News 6
February 1856) and Order of the Legion of Honor in July 1856.
He was appointed Chief Surgeon of the Fleet (United
Services Magazine 1857)
On 31st July 1860 he was married at Hollycot, Lasswade to
Margaret, youngest daughter of William Hepburn Esq.,
(Hampshire Telegraph 4th August 1860). A son was born to the
couple on 5th April 1862 at Haslar, Gosport.
He was appointed to succeed
Dr. Nisbet in medical charge of
Haslar Hospital in March 1861
He is listed in the
Medical Register of 1865 - Inspector General of Hospital
and Fleets R.N., Qualifications Lic. Royal College of
Surgeons, Edinburgh 1827.
In 1868 he attended the Portsmouth Medico-Chirurgical
Society where he made observations on yellow fever in the West
Times and Gazette 1868)
The Blackburn Standard reported on 22 January 1876 that Sir
David Deas, K.C.B., inspector general of hospitals and fleets
died on Saturday in his 69th year at the residence of his
brother Lord Deas, in Edinburgh.
DEWAR, Alexander R.N., *14 January 1805
Alexander Dewar was on the List of Medical Officer who
had served at War. He was Surgeon of the Leonidas at the taking of
the Islands of Cephalonia and Maura.
Alexander Dewar was included in the
Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814
He was employed as surgeon on the convict ship
in 1817. There was a mutiny on the Chapman during the voyage during
which convicts were killed and Alexander Dewar was one of three men
accused of murder. .......
three men were later acquitted
of the charge.
The following details may be that of Alexander
Dewar of the Chapman:
At Muircote near Alloa, on the 4th August,
Alexander Dewar Ed., M.D to Margaret Rosamond Geddes, fourth daughter
of William Geddes Esq. - Caldedonia Mercury 8 August 1818
University of Edinburgh - On Saturday the Senatus Academicus of the University of Edinburgh conferred the degree
of Doctor in Medicine on the following gentlemen after having gone
through the appointed examinations and publicly defended their
inaugural dissertations - Among the 103 names was that of Alexander
Dewar (vulneribus pugna in navali apud Algeriuni proximae facta
acceptis) Caledonia Mercury 8 August 1818
Alexander Dewar was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy unfit for service in
Alexander Dewar died on 31st
September at Lower road Islington. Lately of Sunning Hill, Berks, Age
80 years (The Time 5 October 1859
(1) *23 March 1809
There were two Medical Officers by the name of James Dickson
Navy List of 1814
James Dickson (a) *23 March 1809; James Dickson (b) *21
James Dickson (a) was employed as surgeon superintendent on the
Countess of Harcourt
in 1824 He kept a medical journal from 3rd March to 17 July
Woodford in 1826 (to VDL)
Kept a Medical journal from 13th July 1824 to 24th December 1824
in 1828. Kept a medical journal from 23 July 1828 to
14th January 1829
in 1829. Kept a medical journal from 28th April to 7th September 1829
The surgeon's journals for these vessels are all
written in the same hand and all stated to be James Dickson (a)
(2) *21 October 1811
James Dickson (b) was employed as
surgeon superintendent on the
The surgeon's journal for the Vittoria is recorded as
being written by James Dickson (b) and is in a different hand to
those of James Dickson (a) above.
James Dickson (b) (*21 October 1811) was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal
Navy fit for service in 1841.
DICKSON, Robert R.N., *17 August 1815
Robert Dickson was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the
1833. He kept a medical journal from 3rd June to 3rd December
Entry in the
Medical Register 1865 for Robert Dickson - Residence 16
Hertford Street, Mayfair, London. Qualifications M.D. University
Edinburgh 1826 Fellow Royal College Physicians London 1855.
DOBIE, John * 14 August 1820
John Dobie was
appointed to the ship Montagu as assistant-surgeon in 1813 (27)
He was appointed
Assistant-Surgeon on the
Leander in 1819
He was employed as surgeon superintendent
on the convict ships Princess Charlotte in
1824 and the Lady Nugent in 1837. He
kept a medical journal for the Lady Nugent
between 18 June and 5 December 1837.
The Hobart Town Crier reported on 6th December
1839 that Mr. Surgeon Dobie had retired from
the appointment of Health Officer, which he
had held for the last twelve months, intending
to turn his attention to agricultural and
pastoral pursuits. Upon his retirement a
dinner was given to him by his friends at the
Club house, at which Captain King M.C.
presided. The Governor has appointed Mr. Dobie
a Magistrate of the territory. Mr. Dobie has
made three voyages to this colony; two as
Surgeon of convict ships and one in charge of
the immigrant ship Duncan. which
arrived in June 1838. He was one of the
Surgeons sent home by Sir R. Bourke, for the
purpose of selecting and bringing out their
Arthur Savage, a Naval
Surgeon, who came out to the colony in July
1838, as Superintendent of the immigrant ship Magistrate (having previously made
three voyages as Surgeon of convict ships) was appointed to succeed Mr. Dobie.
John Dobie settled in the Clarence River district
but returned to England where he died in
Read his biography at the
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
DOBIE, Robert R.N., *24 October 1814
Robert Dobie was born in Scotland c. 1793.
He was appointed surgeon to the
Dominica in 1814 and the
Wasp under Captain John Fisher in 1814 - 1815.
In Nov. 1814 Lieutenant Benjamin Andrews joined the Wasp on the
Halifax station, where he continued until Sept. 1815. (29) Robert Dobie
may also have been at Halifax at this time.
He was on the List of Medical Officers who had served at War. He
was officially noticed for his services when Surgeon of the
Melpomene at the capture of Washington.
Robert Dobie was appointed to the
Tagus in 1817.... and to the Vanguard in March 1836. The
Vanguard carried 80 guns and 630 men.
He was employed as
surgeon superintendent on the convict ship Garland Grove in 1841 (to VDL).
He kept a medical journal from 26th April 1841 to 16th October
the Ratcliffe in 1845 (also to VDL). He kept a medical
journal on this voyage from 7 April to 4th September 1845.
the 1851 Census Robert and Julia Ann Dobie are recorded residing
at 7 Houghton Place, Middlesex. Robert's occupation Doctor Royal
Navy, on half pay. Both are aged 58 years. Julia Ann's place of
birth is given as Westminster. They have two servants - a cook and
a housemaid. Also residing nearby at Houghton Place was attorney,
a violinist and composer, a schoolmistress and authoress, and a
Robert Dobie died on 5th November 1873 at his residence
Houghton-place, Ampthill square. (The Standard 14 November 1873)
He was survived by his widow Julia Ann Dobie. He died a very wealthy man
as his personal effects were
listed as under £30,000
Samuel Donnelly of Ireland was on the list
of Gentlemen who since 31st August 1836 had
offered themselves as Candidates for the
Diploma of the Royal College of Surgeons of
Edinburgh and after producing satisfactory
evidence that they had completed the course of
study prescribed by the College, had been
admitted to examination and found fully
qualified to practise the arts of Anatomy,
Surgery and Pharmacy and received Diplomas as
Licentiates of the College accordingly (Edinburgh
Medical and Surgical journal)
In March 1838 Samuel Donnelly was appointed
assistant surgeon on the Talbot in the
In 1842 he was appointed surgeon to the
Phoenix in the Mediterranean (Navy
In February 1843 he was appointed to the
Hecla in the Mediterranean (Navy
Samuel Donnelly was employed as surgeon on
the St. Vincent to Hobart in
1850. He kept a medical journal from 7th
September 1849 to 17th April 1850.
He was appointed to the Juno in 1853
He was employed as surgeon on the Adelaide to Hobart
In 1857 he was appointed to the Tortoise
store ship as an additional surgeon to work at
Ascension Hospital (Thom's
It may the same Samuel Donnelly who in 1860
was appointed Staff Surgeon on the
Cumberland Guard Ship at Sheerness (Navy
List). In the 1861 census he is recorded
residing at Arundel St. Westminster as a
lodger. He was 46 years old and single and
recorded as Staff Surgeon.
DONNELLY, William R.N., *13 September 1822
William Donnelly was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the Emperor Alexander
in 1833. He kept a medical journal from 13th March to 16th August 1833.
DONNET, James John Louis (*1845)
In May 1838 James John Louis Donnet of
Gibraltar was included in the list of gentlemen to whom the Court
of Examiners of the Apothecaries' Hall granted certificates of
Assistant Surgeon James Donnet of
the Greenwich Hospital was appointed to the rank of surgeon in
December 1845 (148)
He was appointed Surgeon
Superintendent of the William Jardine convict ship
in 1852 (147).
The William Jardine departed Plymouth 3 May 1852 and
arrived in Western Australia 1st August 1852.
1867 he was promoted to the rank of deputy inspector general of
Hospitals and Fleets in her majesty's fleet. (149)
He was appointed Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets
in 1870 (The
In 1875 he was promoted to the rank
of Inspector General of Hospitals and Fleets. (150)
On 7 February 1893 he was appointed to be Hon. Physician to Her
In the 1897 Diamond Jubilee
Honours he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the
In the 1901 Census he gave his age as 85
years and birth place Gibraltar. He resided at 5 Park Road Bognor,
Sussex with his wife Eliza age 70. They employed two servants.
He died on 11 January 1905 in Sussex. His
Obituary was published in the London Times on 12 January
1905...... Sir James John Louis Donnet K.C.B., Inspector-General
of Fleets and Hospitals R.N., retired, died yesterday at the
residence of his daughter at Bognor, in his 89th year.
Sir James Donnet was the son of Surgeon Henry Donnet R.N., by his
marriage with Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. John Moore of Dublin,
Philadelphia, and Gibraltar. He was educated in Paris, Edinburgh,
and London and joined the Navy as an assistant surgeon in 1840. In
this rank he was present in the Vesuvius at the operations on the
coast of Syria and at the siege and fall of St. Jean D'Acre, and
he had charge of the R.M. Hospital at Acre after the fall of that
place. Four years later he acted as secretary to the diplomatic
mission sent by the British government to the Sultan of Morocco,
and in 1848 having been promoted surgeon in 1845, he was in
medical charge at the successful capture and destruction of the
town of Ngunduvan in Viti Levu, Fiji. His next notable service was
with the Arctic expedition of 1850 - 51, in the Assistance, when
the first footprints of Franklin were discovered, and then, three
years later, as senior medical officer of the flagship
President, during the Russian war.
promoted to the rank of deputy inspector general in 1867 and to
that of inspector general in 1875 and in those ranks before his
before his retirement in 1876 he filled many important posts in or
connected with the medical service of the Navy. He was in
administrative and executive charge of Port Royal Hospital,
Jamaica during the
epidemics of yellow fever of 1867 and 1869; principal officer
in charge of the medical wards of the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar,
during the epidemics of smallpox and enteric fever, and cases of
fever and dysentery after the Ashanti war of 1873-4 and in
administrative and executive charge of the Royal Naval Hospital,
Malta in 1874.
He was a member of the committee
appointed in 1876 to choose a site for the Naval Cadets College,
and also of that formed to inquire into the causes of the outbreak
of scurvy in the Arctic expedition under Sir George Nares. At the
time of his death Sir James Donnet was an honorary physician to
the King. Sir James married in 1852 Eliza (who died in 1903),
daughter of Mr. James Meyer.
DONOGHOE, Anthony R.N., *6 September 1825
Assistant surgeons Anthony
James Osborne were appointed to the Glasgow in July
was employed as surgeon superintendent on the convict ships
City of Edinburgh
in 1832 the
in 1834, the
in 1835 and the
On the night of Thursday 10th December 1835,
the Hive ran aground on a sandy beach south of Jervis
Bay and was wrecked.
Find out more about the wreck of the Hive.
In 1842-43 Anthony Donoghoe was appointed to the
He died on the 16 October 1847 in
DONOVAN, James (M.D.) *15 April
James Donovan was employed as Surgeon
Superintendent on the convict ship Rajah in 1841 (VDL).
He kept a medical journal from 19th March 1841
to 19 July 1841.
James Donovan was on the Navy List of
Officers fit for service in 1842.
He is listed in the
Medical Register of 1865 - Residence
Killarney Co. Kerry. Qualifications M.B.
University Dublin 1827. Member Royal College
Surgeons England 1827.
Michael Dorke was surgeon on the Lord Hungerford
DRUMMOND, John R.N., *29 November 1814
John Drummond was included in the
Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814.
John Drummond was
employed as surgeon superintendent on the
Countess of Harcourt
which departed England on 3rd May
1828 and the
Prince Regent which departed England 21st August 1829 and
arrived 10 January 1830 (VDL)
John Drummond was
on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy who were fit for
service in 1841. He was appointed surgeon to the St.
Vincent in 1842.
This may be the same John Drummond who was
reported in The Standard (London) in July 1847 who
was formerly of the St. Vincent was to be appointed to
the rank of deputy inspector of hospitals. He was to be sent
to the Woolwich division of the Royal Marines in place of Mr.
Prior who retired. (32)
Drummond still held this position ten years later when his
only son John died aged 9 on 8th June 1857
DUKE, John R.N., *11 January 1810
John Duke was included in the
of Medical Officers in 1814
He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent to the convict ship
in 1819 and surgeon
to the Superb in 1822 (The Morning Chronicle 3 October 1822)
John Duke and Patrick
Coleman were appointed surgeons to the Ocean in 1824
(The Morning Post 5 January 1824)
John Duke was on the
List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy who were fit for service in
DULHUNTY, John *8 July 1793
John Dulhunty was on the
Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814. He was employed as
Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship
Sesostris in 1826
DUNN, Robert R.N., *9 March 1815
Robert Dunn was included in the
of Medical Officers in 1814
He was employed as Surgeon
Superintendent on the
in 1828 (reported to have returned to England via Isle of
France on the Caroline in November 1828) the
Dunvegan Castle in 1830 and the
Jane to Van Diemen's Land in 1832.
DUNN, Thomas Russell (M.D.)
*15 April 1835
Surgeon Thomas Russell Dunn was born in
Scotland c 1805. In 1821 he was serving on H.M.S. Beaver
at St. Helena and was there when the death of Napoleon
occurred. He kept a careful
journal of his time at St. Helena. Before the death of
Napoleon Dunn visited Longwood and described it in great
detail however he was disappointed not to have met with the
famous French General. Captain Marryat of the Beaver
obtained permission with one or two others to see the
body of Napoleon and take likenesses and from this Dunn
recorded the particulars of Napoleon in death.
Thomas Dunn entered the Navy as Assistant
Surgeon on 6th April 1824, and joined the Sappho that
month fitting for the Halifax station, where he was removed to
join the Jupiter in January 1825. He returned to England and
graduated from the University of Glasgow with a medical degree
in 1828 and in October 1828 he was appointed to the Ranger
with Captain William Walpole and sailed for the West Indies
from June 1829 until 1831, he was attached as hospital mate to
the Jamaica Hospital. He then served in the Mediterranean
aboard Edinburgh and was promoted Surgeon on 15.4.1835.
Thomas Dunn was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the
in 1840 and the
Waverley to Van Diemen's Land in 1841.
was on the List of Officers of the Royal Navy
fit for service and employed on a convict ship
in 1842. He married Janet Johnston in Glasgow
in this year and his daughter Margaret Wingate
Dunn was born in 1843.
He was appointed to H.M.S. Fisgard
on the South America station in 1843 and kept
Medical journal from 16th May 1843 to 30
June 1844 while on the Fisgard and from
1st October 1846 to 7th October 1847 while in
the Pacific region. Dunns Nook, Vancouver
Island, commemorates Thomas Russell Dunn,
surgeon on H.M.S. Fisgard when she
visited in 1846-1847 -
British Columbia Placenames. He was
Sir Gilbert Blane Medal which sold at
auction in 2011.
From 3rd Feb 1848 until the spring of 1850 he
was employed in the Powerful and the
Queen on the Home and Mediterranean
stations, and from 2nd May 1850 until 10th
June 1854 at Haulbowline Hospital at Yarmouth.
The National Archives hold his medical and
surgical journals for HMS Queen (in the
Mediterranean) from 1 October 1849 to 31
In the 1850s he was promoted to Deputy
Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets, and
in 1859 was appointed an Honorary Surgeon to
Her Majesty Queen Victoria. He was later
appointed to the position of Inspector-General
of Hospitals and Fleets.
died on September 18th 1866 at his home at
Dunallan House, Bridge of Allan,
He is listed in the
Medical Register of 1865 - Inspector
General of Hospitals and Fleets, Bridge of
Allan N.B. Qualifications M.D. 1828, Mast.
Surg. 1860, University of Glasgow.
Daguerreotype of Thomas Russell Dunn c.