Wright, William


M.A. and M.D. 25.10.1763 on testimonials signed by John Harvey M.D., London and Charles Este, surgeon and agent, Antigua and probably Robert Simson M.D., Coventry (missing).


Born Crieff March 1735.

Attended Crieff Grammar School.


Apprenticed to George Dennistoun, Falkirk.

Studied Edinburgh and London.

L.R.C.P.E. 1.2.1780. F.R.C.P.E. 2.5.1780.

F.R.S.E. 1783. F.R.S.L. 1778.

Surgeon on a whaler and other ships. Assistant surgeon H.M. hospital, Antigua August 1762 - March 1763. Settled on Jamaica. Took a keen interest in botany and corresponded with Sir Joseph Banks and Jonathan Stokes. Sailed back and forth several times. Physician General Jamaica 1784, but his health failed. [Doctor]

Settled in Edinburgh. Publications.


Died in Edinburgh 19.9.1819.


  • DNB
  • W. Johnston, Roll of Commissioned Officers in the Medical Service of the British Army 1727-1898 (Aberdeen, 1917) 958
  • Dundee Advertiser 1.10.1819
  • W. Wright, Memoir, 1828