Goodsir, Robert Anstruther


M.D. 22.10.1852 by examination.


Born 9.7.1823 son of John Goodsir, surgeon, Anstruther and Elizabeth Taylor. [Doctor]


Studied Edinburgh University - medical student 1845-1849.

Began life in a London banking house, but decided on medicine. Surgeon to a Dundee whaler 1849. Surgeon to ‘Lady Franklin’ 1850-1851, his brother Henry having been assistant surgeon and naturalist on Franklin’s ship ‘Erebus’. Went to Australia seeking gold. Lived in New Zealand, South Sea Islands, Siberia and Russia. Settled in Edinburgh c. 1885. [Doctor]


An Arctic voyage to Baffin's Bay and Lancaster Sound, in search of friends with Sir John Franklin, by Robert Anstruther Goodsir. (London: John van Voorst, 1850)


Died Edinburgh 17.1.1895.


  • BMJ 1895 i 232
  • Scotsman 18.1.1895 p5
  • East Fife Record 28.1.1895 p2