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Edward Moorhead (1820 - 1895):
Physician


Edward Moorhead is presumed because of his immediate family to have been born in County Monaghan; he was the elder brother of Thomas Moorhead, and a cousin of Dr John Moorhead and of William Robert Moorhead of Bray. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University, graduating MD in 1841, his thesis being entitled “On the Anatomy and Development of the Eye” and as was frequent at the time, became by examination a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh the same year.

In August 1842 he joined the Army Medical Service (AMS) in the rank of assistant surgeon with the 32nd Foot, progressed in rank to surgeon with the 29th Foot in May 1855 and in August 1862 was promoted surgeon major. In 1867 he was promoted again, to staff surgeon, before retiring on half pay in 1868 with the honorary rank of Deputy Inspector-General.

He had seen much service overseas, notably in India during the Mutiny of 1857, and was awarded several medals and clasps. In retirement he settled in Norwood, Surrey, at several addresses, and died at Margate, never having married.



Born: 13 May 1820
Died: 6 May 1895
Peter Froggatt
Bibliography:

RSJ Clarke: A Directory of Ulster Doctors (who qualified before 1901), vol II, p 831 (Belfast, Ulster Historical Foundation, 2013); Obituary, British Medical Journal, 18 May 1895, p 1125