Anderson, James


M.A. and M.D. 22.2.1779 on testimonials signed by Thomas Young M.D.(Edin.) and Professor Flint, St Andrews.


Born 17.1.1738.


Studied Edinburgh University 1757-1762.

Surgeon on various vessels 1759 -1762. Surg. [Surgeon] Madras [now Chennai, India] 1762. First president of the Medical Board of Madras with the title Physician General. F.R.S.E. 1791. [Doctor] [Botanist]

Publications: Letters for the culture of bastard cedar trees, on the coast of Coromandel (Madras: J.D. Matthews, 1794); Correspondence for the introduction of the cochineal insects from America, the varnish and tallow trees from China... (Madras: J. Martin, 1791)


Died at Madras [Chennai, India] 15.8.1809 (5.8.1809 according to RSE list).


  • D.G. Crawford, Roll of the Indian Medical Service, 1615-1930 (London, 1930) M125 - where he is erroneously called M.D.(Edin)
  • Scots Magazine 1810 p179
  • R. Desmond, Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturalists (London, 1977) p11
  • DNB