Authorised form of nameChisholm; Colin (1755 - 1825); physician
Dates1755 - 1825
Place of birthInverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date of birth1755
Place of deathSloane Street, London, England, United Kingdom
Date of death1825
OccupationPhysician; plantation and slave owner
Research fieldMedicine
King's College, Aberdeen, MD (1793)
Military surgeon to British forces in the American War of Independence; practiced medicine in Grenada (1783); published essays and papers on various subjects in the 'Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Review' (1786-1817); purchased a cotton plantation in Demerara (now part of Guyana) (1790); treatise on the causes and nature of disease (now recognised as Yellow Fever) in the West Indies, with observations on the island (1795); Surgeon General to HM Ordnance, Island of Grenada (1796-1798); attached to Ralph Abercromby's expedition of conquest in the Caribbean; spent five months in the Virgin Islands (1797); Inspector General of Hospitals, Grenada (1798-1800); retired to his estate in Demerara (1800-1803) which he later sold sometime after 1818; set up medical practice in Bristol.
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election24/11/1808
Age at election53
RelationshipsSon of Provost William Chisholm of Inverness, and his first wife Janet Mackintosh; married Elizabeth Cooper (1794)
Published works'An essay on the malignant pestilent fever introduced in to the West Indian Islands from Boullam' 1795; 'Manual of the climate and diseases of tropical countries' 1822.
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Wikipedia; UCL LBS
'Colin Chisholm MD of Bristol', Legacies of British Slave-ownership database, [accessed 3rd July 2020]
Philip D. Curtin (1964). 'The Image of Africa: British Ideas and Action, 1780–1850. Vol.1.' Univ of Wisconsin Press. p. 183
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA3254
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1808/07Chisholm, Colin: certificate of election to the Royal Society
AP/8/6Unpublished paper, regarding nervous phenomena by C [Colin] Chisholm22 April 1812
AP/7/6Unpublished paper, on pygmies by C [Colin] Chisholm8 January 1809
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