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Dr John Moorhead (1835 - 1916):
Physician; surgeon

John Moorhead was born in Smithborough, County Monaghan, elder brother of Dr James Moorhead and Dr William Robert Moorhead. He was educated at Newcastle School then studied Arts at Queen’s College, Galway before enrolling in 1854 at Queen’s College, Belfast to study medicine. He graduated BA of The Queen’s University in Ireland in 1855 progressing MA in 1855, winning scholarships in 1855 and 1857 in each examination, Anatomy and Physiology in the former and Natural History in the latter. He graduated MD with Exhibition and Gold Medal in 1856; the same year he became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) and a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries of London, both by examination.

He established a general practice at Weymouth and became also surgeon to the Weymouth Dispensary and the Royal Infirmary and the Weymouth Sanatorium for Women. He also contributed a number of medical papers to the specialist press. In or around 1900 he moved to Bournemouth, where his younger medical brother, James, and his medical cousin, Dr William Johnson Smith (sometimes Smyth) were then living, the former in retirement, the latter as physician to Bournemouth Hydro. He died in the Imperial Hotel, Bournemouth of a cerebral haemorrhage.


Born: 1835
Died: 20 December 1916
Peter Froggatt

RSJ Clarke: A Directory of Ulster Doctors (who qualified before 1901), vol II, p 832 (Belfast, Ulster Historical Foundation, 2013); Obituary, British Medical Journal, 13 January 1910, p 69