Benjamin Bell (1749 - 1806)

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Birthplace: Dumfries, Scotland
Death: Died in Edinburgh, Scotland
Managed by: Alisdair Smyth
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About Benjamin Bell

Biographical Summary

Bell of Hunthill, Benjamin. 06/04/1749-08/04/1806. Ref: 129. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Dumfries.
  • Place of Death: Newington House, Edinburgh.
  • Place of interment: Canongate Cemy. Edinburgh.
  • Profession: Surgeon.
  • Appointments Held: Surgeon's Clerk 1769-71, Surgeon 1772-1801, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 1778-, Watson's Hospital, Private Practice, Edinburgh.
  • Schools and Tutors: Dumfries Grammar School.
  • Training: Apprentice to James Hill, Surgeon, Dumfries.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Edinburgh University.
  • Publications: "System of Surgery" 1778-88.
  • Marital Status: Married (1774) Grizel Hamilton.
  • Family: Sons George Bell FRSE 1777-1832, Robert Bell FRSE 1782-1861, William Bell, FRSE 1783-1849.
  • Father: George Bell, farmer in Dumfriesshire.
  • Other Family: Son-in-law of Robert Hamilton FRSE 1707-87. Great-grandfather of Dr Joseph Bell FRSE 1837-1911.
  • References: DNB 4, 1885, 153-4; Chambers 1,199; Anderson, 1, 273; Shapin 36; B Bell "The Life,Character & Writings of Benjamin Bell", Edinburgh 1868; S Devlin-Thorp Scotland's Cultural Heritage, 1 1981; W P Anderson 1931, 538-9.
  • Memberships: FRCSE(1771), Highland Society.
  • Date of Election: 17/11/1783.
  • Proposers: Founder Member.
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1786-96.
  • Edinburgh Philosophical Society: Residential.
  • Notes: "Father of the Edinburgh Surgical School".
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 73

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Benjamin Bell of Hunthill's Timeline

1749
April 6, 1749
Dumfries, Scotland
1774
1774
Age 24
1777
1777
Age 27
Edinburgh, Scotland
1782
1782
Age 32
1783
1783
Age 33
1806
April 8, 1806
Age 57
Edinburgh, Scotland
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Edinburgh, Scotland