David Bruce Naval Hospital Mtarfa

Staff Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Farrell Charles

Surgeon Charles Farrell MD (Edin 1798)
24 Aug 1779 [County Longford] – 15 Jan 1855 [County Galway]

16 Nov 1799 Assistant Surgeon Hompesch's Mounted Riflemen.

5 Oct 1804 Assistant Surgeon 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot.

2 Jan 1806 Staff Surgeon.

6 Apr 1806–30 May 1815 Served in the Mediterranean.

Author: Observations on Ophthalmia and its Consequences (London 1810)

1808–14 Served in the Peninsular War.

1 Aug 1811 Physician to the Forces. Appointed to the vacancy following the death in Malta of Physician to the Forces William Irvine.

9 Oct 1817 Deputy Inspector of Hospitals.

27 May 1825 Brevet Inspector of Hospitals.

21 Sept 1830 Promoted Inspector General of Hospitals.

3 Aug 1833 Retired to a family property in Dalyston at Loughrea, County Galway. It is said that he made his fortune while serving in Ceylon between 1815 and 1826, probably through dealing in opium. Shortly after settling in Galway, Farrell paid The Encumbered Estates Commissioners 14,800 for an additional 1,040 acres for his estate.1

Sources

  1. Entry No: 1924. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  2. 1Ackroyd M, Brockliss L, Moss M, Retford K, Stevenson J. Advancing with the Army. Medicine, the Professions, and Social Mobility in the British Isles, 1790-1850 p 230 (Oxford 2006).