Old Photograph Beechcroft Terrace Insch Scotland

Old photograph of houses on Beechcroft Terrace in Insch village in Garioch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Insch is located approximately 28 miles from the city of Aberdeen. The name of the village may have come from the Scottish Gaelic innis, meaning an island, or, as in this context, a piece of terra firma in a marsh. In the Middle Ages, the village was home to a colony of Flemish merchants. The village is served by Insch railway station and has regular bus services to Huntly and Inverurie with connections to Aberdeen and Inverness. Dr Robert Daun was born in 1785 in Insch. He was the eldest son of Reverend George Daun the local minister. On 16 April 1785. He went to Elgin Grammar School and then studied Medicine at King's College, Aberdeen graduating MA in 1803. Having sat the relevant medical exams in London, England, in 1804 he received a commission as Assistant Surgeon, aged only 19, in the army and travelled to India to work there, aiding in the Second Anglo Maratha War. He served first with the 22nd Light Dragoons then the 59th Foot. He returned to Britain around 1812 and received his MD degree from Aberdeen University in 1813. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1814. He then joined the Scots Greys. He was nomadic by nature living in London from 1832 to 1835, St Andrews in Fife, from 1835 to 1839 and Aberdeen from 1839 to 1861. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. From 1861 onwards he lived in retirement at 6 Picardy Place at the head of Leith Walk in Edinburgh. He died peacefully at home in Edinburgh on 14 June 1871, aged 86. He is buried in Dean Cemetery in west Edinburgh. His wife, Helen Jamieson, lies with him. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.

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