George Bethune fl. 1760-1770
George BETHUNE fl.1760-1770
A Dr George Bethune is recorded as a physician in Coupar, Fife, in legal documents of 1761 and 1762 in one of which he is described as Provost of Coupar. In about 1764 he was a correspondent of Professor Alexander Monro about the use of smallpox vaccination in his practice in Coupar.
He was presumably a graduate of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. The Bethune family had a long medical history in Scotland.
Used an engraved bookplate (Franks 2423): Bethune, George, MD.
The extent and disposition of his library is not known.
- Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
- Blair, James, of Ardblair. Memorial for James Blair of Ardblair, and other creditors of the deceast Thomas Hay writer in Edinburgh; against David Orme writer there, trustee for Jean Hay daughter of the said Thomas Hay, another of his creditors, and Doctor George Bethune physician in Coupar of Fife, her husband. [Edinburgh, 1762] (ESTC T217577).
- Blair, James, of Ardblair. Information for James Blair of Ardblair, and other creditors of the deceased Thomas Hay, writer in Edinburgh, against David Orme writer in Edinburgh, as trustee for Jean Hay, daughter of the said Thomas Hay, another of his creditors, and Doctor George Bethune, physician in Coupar, her husband. [Edinburgh, 1761] (ESTC T217553).
- Orme, David, (Writer in Edinburgh). Memorial for David Orme, writer in Edinburgh, trustee for Mrs. Jean Hay, and her husband, Doctor George Bethune, provost of Coupar in Fife, against James Blair, and other creditors of the deceased Thomas Hay, writer there. [Edinburgh, 1762] (ESTC T217578).
- Monro, Alexander. Works. Edinburgh, 1781, p. 693.