Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Lawson Robert

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Staff Assistant Surgeon Robert Lawson QHP LRCS (Ed 1835) LLD (Aberd 1885)
28 Mar 1815 – 8 Feb 1894 [Aberdeen]

Service Record — Robert Lawson

1834–1835 Attended the course of lectures on Military Surgery given by Professor George Ballingall, Regius Professor of Military Surgery at the University of Edinburgh (1822-55).

Won the Military Surgery Class Prize for the best essay submitted from his class on the topic: On the means of preserving the health, and promoting the efficiency, of Soldiers and Seamen, especially in warm climates.1

15 May 1835 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

Malta 3 Aug 1835 Arrived from England.

Malta 3 Aug 1835 Soon after his arrival he was attached to The 7th (Royal Fusiliers).

Malta 1836 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

June-Oct 1837 Epidemic of Cholera in Malta.

Malta 1837 Thanked in General Orders by Major General Sir Henry Bouverie for his service during the cholera in Malta. Likewise, all the medical officers in the garrison were thanked by the Governor for their services.

Malta Sept 1837 Attached to 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot till Apr 1838.

Malta 1838 Attached to 47th Foot.

Malta Apr 1838 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

Malta 1839 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

Malta 9 July 1840 Left for England.

28 July 1840 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot vice Assistant Surgeon Thomas Fox who became Assistant Surgeon 7th Dragoon Guards.

16 Dec 1845 Surgeon 43th (Monmouthshire Light Infantry) Regiment.

27 Oct 1846 Staff Surgeon 1st Class.

8 Dec 1854 Promoted Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals.

PMO Balaclava. Censured by Lord Raglan for allegedly providing insufficient medical aid and comforts for over 200 sick and wounded on the transport vessel Avon which sailed for Scutari on 4 Dec 1854. Was consequently relieved of his duties by Inspector General Hall, but was later reappointed to a senior clinical post at Scutari.

9 Mar 1867 Inspector General.

19 June 1872 Retired to half-pay.


  • Entry No: 4405. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  • TNA:WO 25/3901, Records of Service - Officers of the Medical Department (1790–1847).
  • Succession Book Vol 1 (1 May 1846). Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • 1Kaufman M H, The Regius Chair of Military Surgery in the University of Edinburgh, 1806-55. Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi B V, 2003. p138-139.