George Robert Heron

Biography of George Robert Heron

George Heron was born on 31st January, 1817 at Wigton Plantation, Manchester, Jamaica, owned by his father Major Alexander Heron. The Heron family came originally from Wigtownshire. Alexander was born in Stoneykirk on 17th September 1761 and served as a British army officer before settling in Jamaica. There he married Jamaican-born Anna Maria Smith and fathered ten children, five of whom survived infancy. Alexander and his brother Robert jointly owned Wigton Plantation. When Robert died in 1810 he left the bulk of his share in land and enslaved people to Alexander and his family. Alexander died in 1825 and it was his widow, Anna, who as executrix was awarded compensation of £3,464 2s 6d in respect of 170 enslaved people freed from ownership on Wigton. George Heron would in all likelihood have benefitted. He travelled to Scotland, where his sister Frances had married Jamaican planter Alexander Woodburn and set up home. George matriculated at Glasgow University in 1839 to study Medicine and enrolled in the classes of Chemistry, Materia Medica and Practice of Medicine that year. In the session beginning in 1840 he studied Medicine and Infirmary (clinical), and in 1842, Anatomy, Chemistry and Practice of Medicine. At Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, George earned a Diploma qualifying him to practise in Anatomy, Surgery and Pharmacy as a licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The following year, 1843, he graduated MD from the University of Glasgow. Dr. George Robert Heron died in 1900.


George Robert Heron
Born 31 January 1817.
Died 1900.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MD, 1843;
Record last updated: 12th Apr 2021

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