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1800

Edinburgh-trained doctors on Caribbean plantations - 1800

William Wright’s memoir reproduced with permission of Royal College of Physicians by Daisy Chamberlain During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, many medical graduates from the University of Edinburgh …

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1809

1809 – William Fergusson, the first known black student of the University of Edinburgh, matriculates - 1809

Born in Jamaica, he qualified in medicine in 1813 before becoming the only ever black governor of Sierra Leone in the mid-1840s. Fergusson became a model example for future West …

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1823

Jean-Baptiste Philip (c.1796-1829) - 1823

By Tom Cunningham “[I]n Trinidad, every species of criminality is lost in the blaze and glare of whiteness […] Man can brook every variety of misfortune, but cannot meekly endure …

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1824

Primary source material – Jean Baptiste Philip - 1824

Primary source material reproduced from Jean Baptiste Philip, An Address to the Right Hon. Earl Bathurst, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies, Relative to the Claims which …

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1834

Primary source material – ‘Extraordinary History of Mr Thomas Jenkins’ - 1834

Primary source material reproduced from ‘Extraordinary History of Mr Thomas Jenkins’, Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal, 15/12/1832 Mr Thomas Jenkins was the son of an African king, and bore externally all the usual …

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1855
WongFun

Wong Fun - 1855

Illustration by Yaz Serrano By Dingjian Xie In the 1850s, the University of Edinburgh became one of the first destinations for early Chinese students who wanted to study overseas. Dr …

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1859
James Africanus Beale Horton

James Africanus Beale Horton - 1859

Image Credit: Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh By Tom Cunningham James “Africanus” Beale Horton was born in Gloucester (Sierra Leone) in 1835. Graduating (M.D.) from Edinburgh University in 1859, …

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1875

Aghorenath Chattopadhyay - 1875

By Uttara Rangarajan Aghorenath Chattopadhyay was born in the village of Brahmanagar in East Bengal in 1855. An exceptional student, he was awarded the Gilchrist scholarship in 1875 to pursue …

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