Andrew Halliday Douglas

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Andrew Halliday Douglas (1819-1908) was a Scottish physician who served as President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 1869 to 1871. He was one of the founders of the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society with Peter David Handyside.

He was born at 5 Charlotte Street (off Charlotte Square) in Edinburgh on 17 March 1819 the son of William Douglas WS and Anna Brown. He studied Medicine at Edinburgh University graduating in 1840.

In 1848 he became a Senior Physician at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. In 1858 he became Medical Officer to the Post Office. In 1869 he was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in succession to Dr John Moir, his father-in-law. At this time he lived at 26 India Street in Edinburgh's Second New Town.

He retired in 1893 due to health problems but some winters spent in the south of France improved him.

He had a stroke in December 1907 and was again in poor health thereafter. He died of a cerebral thrombosis at home in Edinburgh on 10 March 1908. He is buried in Dean Cemetery with his family. The grave is marked by a large but simple monument and stands in the south-east section.

His tombstone relates a sad family history (see below).

He was married four times: firstly to the wealthy Susan Scott Moncrieff, who died childbirth in 1852 (the child died two days later). He secondly married Jessie MacKinnon (b. 1839) who died in 1871, shortly after childbirth. He then married Jessie Simpson Moir (1839-1881), daughter of Dr John Moir. They had a daughter, Anna Lorn Douglas (1875-1945) and a son, Allan Moir Douglas (1876-1931) but his wife died in 1881, ten days after the birth of their stillborn son. Finally he married Marjory Horsburgh (1830-1902).

His son Rev Prof Andrew Halliday Douglas (1864-1902) moved to Canada to teach Apologetics at Knox College, Toronto, but died young following the removal of his appendix. He is also buried in Dean Cemetery in front of his father's grave.

Douglas, Andrew Halliday (1910). Douglas, Charles; Hardie, Robert Purves (eds.). The Philosophy and Psychology of Pietro Pomponazzi . Cambridge, UK: University Press. OCLC 752621473 – via Wikisource.

Gravestone inscription
IMO ANDREW HALLIDAY DOUGLAS MD FRCP, born 17th Mar 1819, died 10th Mar 1908.
SUSAN SCOTT MONCRIEFF, his wife died 7th Sept 1852 aged 29; their children WILLIAM JOHN, born 4th June, died 3 Jul 1851; ROBERT SCOTT MONCRIEFF, born 5 Sept 1852, died 30 Jan 1855;
JESSIE MacKINNON, his wife died 20 Jul 1871 aged 32; their children JOHN ARCHIBALD RAMSAY born 19 Jun 1868, died 9 Jul 1871; CLEMENT ALEXANDER CARNEGIE born 22 May, died 27 Jul 1871.
JESSIE SIMPSON MOIR, his wife died 19th Mar 1881 aged 42, their still born son 9th Mar 1881; MARJORY HORSBRUGH his wife died 9th Nov 1902 aged 72.
ALLAN MOIR, son of A H Douglas and J S Moir born 11 Jan 1876, died 7th Mar 1931. ANNA LORN, dau of A H DOUGLAS and J S MOIR died 7th Aug 1945 aged 70.
Also KENNETH M DOUGLAS MD FRCSE died 25 June 1956 aged 93 and his wife FLORENCE AMY died 11th Mar 1949 aged 86.



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