Richard Valentine Williams
Henry Purdon (junior) (1835 - 1886):
Henry Purdon was a member of the extensive Purdon family, many of whom achieved distinction in the medical profession in Ulster and beyond.
Purdon was a son of Thomas Henry Purdon and a grandson of Henry Purdon of Westmeath (Henry Purdon senior). His education was largely private, at Dr Molony’s school in Carrickfergus. He then entered Trinity College, Dublin where he studied Arts and Medicine (this included a spell at Queen’s College, Belfast in 1851) and qualified as a Licentiate in Midwifery at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin in 1855. He proceeded BA at Trinity in 1856 and in 1860 achieved the double qualifications of Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and Licentiate in Midwifery, also of Edinburgh.
In 1862 he was appointed Medical Officer to Bombay Harbour and in 1864, Surgeon to the London and East India Steam Company. However he eventually settled in Belfast in general practice and as Medical Officer to the Belfast Charitable Society, to the Malone Reformatory, to the County Antrim Gaol; and as Assistant Surgeon to the County Antrim Rifles.
Purdon married Mary Anne Plunkett, daughter of Francis Plunkett, merchant, in Trinity Church of Ireland Church, Belfast on 1st October 1868.
Principal Source: RSJ Clarke: A Directory of Ulster Doctors (who qualified before 1901): Belfast, Ulster Historical Foundation, 2013
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