George Augustus Borthwick

Dr George Augustus Borthwick FRSE FRCSE FSA (1784-1844) was a Scottish physician and surgeon. He was Physician to the Royal Dispensary in Edinburgh and helped to establish the Edinburgh Eye Dispensary.


He was born in 1784.[citation needed]In 1808 he received his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.[1]In 1820 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet, Sir George Steuart Mackenzie, and John Borthwick of Crookston (thought to be a brother or cousin).[2] At this time he was living at 83 George Street in Edinburgh's New Town.[3] In May 1831 he was commissioned as a Surgeon into the Royal Midlothian Yeoman Cavalry.[4]

He is buried in the grave of his son-in-law, Robert Lee, Lord Lee in Dean Cemetery in western Edinburgh.[5] The grave lies on the south wall of the forst northern extension, towards the south-west.


In March 1821 he married Janet Kinnear.[6] They had at least five children, including George and Fearne Borthwick.[7] His daughter Catherine Alleyne Borthwick (1828-1894), married Robert Lee, Lord Lee.[8]


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  2. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  3. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1820-21
  4. ^ London Gazette May 1831
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