Arthur Stewart

Biography of Arthur Stewart

Arthur Stewart, signature in Register of Doctors of Medicine, 1820
Arthur Stewart, signature in Register of Doctors of Medicine, 1820

Arthur Stewart graduated MD from the University of Glasgow in 1820; prior to that he served as a Surgeon to the British Army at Waterloo.

Born on 26th July 1785, Arthur Stewart first served in the Army as a Hospital Mate from November 1805. Presumably he would have completed his initial medical qualification just prior to this, although exactly where and when is unknown. In April 1806 he was promoted to Assistant Surgeon with the 88th Foot, and later to Surgeon with the 71st Foot. He held the latter position whilst serving at the Battle of Waterloo.

Stewart first enrolled for his MD course at the University of Glasgow in 1814, attending Jeffray’s Anatomy classes. His studies went on hold for the period surrounding Waterloo and he finally completed the course in 1820.

His military career spanned a significant period for the British Army. Stewart was present at the battles of Bussaco (1810) and Redinha (1811), and the Second Siege of Badajoz (1811). After obtaining his MD, he was positioned as Surgeon to the 62nd Foot and Royal Staff Corps, Staff Surgeon, and later Physician. By the 1840s he was an Inspector General. Stewart remained in this position until his death in 1854, when he was based in Aberdeen.


Arthur Stewart
Born 26 July 1785.
Died 1854.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MD, 1820;
Occupation categories: Royal Army Medical Corps
Record last updated: 16th Jun 2015

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