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A Lecture on the Preservation of Health

A Lecture on the Preservation of Health
He was born 21 April 1766 at Casterton in Westmoreland, where his father had a small landed property. After attending Sedbergh School, he was at the age of fifteen articled at his own request to the celebrated John Dawson (surgeon) of Sedbergh, Yorkshire, surgeon and mathematician. He there obtained a fair acquaintance with chemistry and physics, and matriculated at the university of Edinburgh in 1785, "possessed of exceptional scientific knowledge".

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