List of Presidents

This page lists the Presidents of the Belfast Medical Society, the Belfast Clinical and Pathological Society, the Ulster Medical Protective Association, and the Ulster Medical Society.

Each link leads to a file with the name, year of birth and death, name of society and year of presidency, and, if available, a photograph and presidential address or addresses. A short biographical note may be provided in place of the address.

An asterisk ('*') indicates that an address is available. A minus sign ('-') indicates a likelihood that no address was given.

We would welcome offers of missing photographs and addresses

Most errors of transcription have been removed from the addresses. Original spelling largely remains unaltered.

We are grateful to Professor R S J Clarke for his permission to use the years of birth and death given in his invaluable book A Directory of Ulster Doctors; to the Medical Library, Queen's University of Belfast, for allowing access to their copies of the Transactions of the Ulster Medical Society; to Dr S A Hawkins, Honorary Archivist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, for providing a number of photographs; to Mr D Crawford and Mr S Greenberg, the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, USA for providing an address; to Dr P Darragh, Dun's Librarian, and Ms H Wheelock, Keeper of Collections, Dun's Library, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, for providing an address; and to the British Library, findmypast.co.uk and ancestry.co.uk for making old newspapers available.

NOTE: The presidential addresses are presented for historical interest only. Do not rely on statements regarding diagnosis and treatment as these almost certainly will not reflect modern medical practice.

Belfast Medical Society

The first minute book of the Belfast Medical Society is missing and while the names of the early Presidents are known, the years of holding office are not. Since there are four names for the first eight years it is possible that each held office for two years but this is not certain. The following list is speculative, therefore.

1806/08  Samuel Smith Thomson1808/10  William Haliday
1810/12William Drennan1812/14Robert McCluney

The Society faltered and failed in or after 1814 owing to disagreements among the members. On its revival in 1822, it did not appoint any Presidents until 1850. Instead the chair of each meeting was taken by the fifth person to enter the room (who also fulfilled the quorum). The following is the list of Presidents from 1850 to 1861.

1850/51  Robert Stephenson *1851/52  Robert Stephenson
1852/53Robert Stephenson1853/54William McGee
1854/55Thomas Read1855/56Alexander Gordon
1856/57Robert Stewart1857/58Samuel Browne *
1858/59John Miller Pirrie1859/60James Patterson *
1860/61Henry Murney1861/62Henry MacCormac *

Belfast Clinical and Pathological Society

1853/54  Thomas Henry Purdon1854/55  John Creery Ferguson **
1855/56Andrew George Malcolm **1856/57William McGee **
1857/58James Moore **1858/59Samuel Browne *
1859/60James Seaton Reid *1860/61Alexander Gordon
1861/62Henry Murney *

Ulster Medical Protective Association

1859/61  William McGee -1861/62  Robert Stewart -

Ulster Medical Society

1862/63  John Creery Ferguson *1863/64  James Patterson *
1864/65Robert Stewart -1865/66James Moore *
1866/67John Swanwick Drennan *1867/68James Seaton Reid -
1868/69James Cuming *1869/70James William Thomas Smith -

1870/71William MacCormac1871/72Henry Murney -
1872/73Henry Martyn Johnston -1873/74John Moore -
1874/75Charles Nicholas Delacherois Purdon *  1875/76Thomas Kennedy Wheeler -
1876/77Richard Ross *1877/78George Frederick Wales *
1878/79Alexander Harkin *1879/80Robert Foster Dill **

1880/81John Walton Browne *1881/82James Cuming
1882/83William Alexander McKeown *1883/84Robert Foster Dill *
1884/85John Fagan *1885/86John Fagan
1886/87William Whitla *1887/88Robert Esler *
1888/89Henry Burden *1889/90Andrew McConnell *

1890/91Alexander Dempsey *1891/92Henry O'Neill *
1892/93Henry Whitaker -1893/94John William Byers *
1894/95Francis Edward McFarland *1895/96Thomas Sinclair *
1896/97Johnson Symington *1897/98James Alexander Lindsay *
1898/99Joseph Nelson *1899/00James Graham

1900/01William Henry Thompson *1901/02William Whitla *
1902/03John Campbell *1903/04John Campbell *
1904/05William Calwell *1905/06William Calwell *
1906/07David Peter Gaussen *1907/08John McCaw *
1908/09Thomas Sinclair Kirk *1909/10John Johnston Austin *

1910/11Peter Reilly O'Connell *1911/12Henry Lawrence McKisack *
1912/13Richard Whytock Leslie *1913/14Arthur Brownlow Mitchell *
1914/15John Smyth Morrow *1915/16Alexander Gardner Robb *
1916/17Robert Campbell *1917/18William Dunlop Donnan *
1918/19James Colville *1919/20Andrew Fullerton *

1920/21Thomas Houston *1921/22Robert Hall *
1922/23Robert James Johnstone *1923/24William St. Clair Symmers *
1924/25John Singleton Darling *1925/26James Andrew Craig *
1926/27Michael James Nolan *1927/28John Campbell Rankin *
1928/29Thomas Hugh Milroy *1929/30Howard Stevenson

1930/31Henry Hanna1931/32Samuel Thompson Irwin *
1932/33Charles Gibson Lowry *1933/34William James Wilson *
1934/35Samuel Robert Hunter *1935/36Foster Coates *
1936/37Percival Templeton Crymble *1937/38William Willis Dalziel Thomson *
1938/39John Moorcroft McCloy *1939/40Thomas Sydney Shaw Holmes *

1940/41Thomas Sydney Shaw Holmes *1941/42George Gibson Lyttle
1942/43Robert Marshall *1943/44William Dickey *
1944/45William Arthur Anderson *1945/46Henry Potter Hall *
1946/47John Richard Gillespie *1947/48George Raphael Buick Purce *
1948/49Samuel Barron *1949/50Alexander Joseph Dempsey *

1950/51Robert (Robin) Hall *1951/52Joseph Greenfield Johnston *
1952/53John Charles Robb *1953/54William George Frackelton *
1954/55John Andrew Smyth *1955/56Frederick Martin Brice Allen *
1956/57George Dickson Fisher McFadden *1957/58Olive Margery Anderson *
1958/59Charles Horner Greer Macafee *1959/60John Coulter Smyth *

1960/61Joseph Alexander Love Johnston *1961/62Francis Alexander MacLaughlin *
1962/63Cecil William Kidd *1963/64James Reid Wheeler *
1964/65Kathleen Margaret Cathcart *1965/66James Stevenson Loughridge *
1966/67James Alexander Price *1967/68Ian James Fraser *
1968/69Robert William Magill Strain *1969/70Richard Sydney Allison *

1970/71Kirk Forsythe *1971/72John Henry Biggart *
1972/73John Alexander McVicker *1973/74David Hanna Craig *
1974/75John Edgar Morison *1975/76Desmond Alan Dill Montgomery *
1976/77George Trevor Cupples Hamilton *1977/78Herbert William Gallagher *
1978/79David Millar Bell *1979/80Edmund John Miller *

1980/81  M Haire1981/82  T T Fulton
1982/83M F Russell1983/84J M G Harley
1984/85J A Weaver1985/86M G McGeown
1986/87W G Irwin1987/88D S Gordon
1988/89A G McKnight1989/90J F O'Sullivan

1990/91H Baird1991/92C J H Logan
1992/93J F McKenna1993/94R G Shanks
1994/95P M Reilly1995/96D R Hadden
1996/97R L Miller1997/98J W Calderwood
1998/99J R Hayes1999/00R W Stout

2000/01R W Harland2001/02A A J Adgey
2002/03H Campbell2003/04E E Mayne
2004/05D C MacAuley2005/06S A Hawkins
2006/07G E McVeigh2007/08J B White
2008/09J P H Fee2009/10A B Atkinson

2010/11M E Cupples2011/12P G Johnston
2012/13R A J Spence2013/14E J Mackle
2014/15C W Mathews2015/16M O McBride
2016/17P J Morrison