Alexander Dempsey (1852 - 1920):
Surgeon and journalist
Alexander Dempsey was born in Ballymoney, County Antrim. He was educated at St Malachy's College, Belfast, the Catholic University Medical School, Dublin, and Queen's College, Galway. He took the degree of Doctor of Medicine of the Royal University and the Diploma of the Royal College of Surgoens, Ireland in 1874. In the same year, he set up a medical practice in Donegall Street, Belfast, and he was one of the founder members of the North of Ireland Branch of the British Medical Association, of which he was honourable secretary and later president. He was a member of the Ulster Medical Association, and was its president from 1880 to 1891. He contributed numerous papers on medicine to both these societies, and to leading medical journals. In 1880 he was appointed a magistrate of the city of Belfast. He was closely associated with both the initiation and extension of the Mater Infirmorum Hospital. In 1911, he had a knighthood conferred upon him. He became a Justice of the Peace and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, and the Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland.