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Stone No.53

  

 

Inscription.

 

Sacred

to the memory of

ALEXANDER BELL Esq

F.R.C.S. London

and upwards of 40 years

surgeon in Dundee

who died there

on 22nd March 1852

aged 76

and ANNE RUTHVEN LEVEN

his wife

who died on 4th

March 1850

aged 72

also of their children

MARY ANNE

who died 14th March 1813

aged 8 years

MARGARET

who died 11th March 1817

aged 7 years

WILLIAM HENDRY

who died 20th Nov 1820

aged 6 years

ALEXANDER

who died 11th July 1821

aged 13 years

and

DAVID

coffee planter of Gallaha

who died 26th Sept 1849

aged 32 years

at Kandy Ceylon

Erected by their surviving children

MDCCCLIII 

1853 Oct 18 $5.5/- paid by the trustees of the late Alexander Bell, surgeon for permission to erect a monument in place of his headstone.

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IN FRONT OF ABOVE

 

Erected

By

ALEXANDER BELL surgeon

in Dundee

in memory of his children Viz

MARY ANNE who died 11 Mar 1813

aged eight years

MARGARET

who died 11 Mar 1817

aged seven years

and WILLIAM HENRY

who died 20th Nov 1820

aged six years, also

ALEXANDER who died July 1821

aged thirteen years

 

ALEXANDER BELL, M.R.C.S., London, was born in the year 1775 in Cupar-Fife. His professional studies were prosecuted at the University of Edinburgh, and completed at a later period in London, under the tuition of Sir Astley Cooper and Mr Saunders, the oculist. He served in Ireland, as surgeon and lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Dundee Volunteers (Loyal Tay Fencibles), during the memorable rebellion of 1798, and until the regiment was disbanded. This took place in May 1802 ; and upon the occasion of the disbandment, Mr Bell, who then held the rank of Captain, was presented with an elegant silver cup by the members of his company, as a token of their regard for him during the five years they were under his command. Mr Bell then commenced private medical practice in the village of Errol ; and in 1807 he removed to Dundee, where his talents and zealous attention to his professional duties soon laid the foundation for an extensive and lucrative practice, which he enjoyed for the long period of forty-three years. Two years before his death, he was obliged to relinquish practice by an attack of paralysis. In general society, Mr Bell's frank and manly bearing made him a general favourite ; and to his numerous pupils and apprentices he endeared himself no less by the kind interest which he manifested in their professional education and prospects, than-by the excellent example which he set before them of what a professional man should be. As a surgeon and general practitioner, and consulting physician, he successively distinguished himself. For upwards of thirty years, he officiated as surgeon to the Dundee Infirmary : and by inmates and supporters of that institution, his services were gratefully received and thankfully acknowledged. Mr Bell died on March 28, 1852, in the 70th year of his age.

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