Lumsdain, Dr


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)



Is mentioned in Roxburgh, Hort. Beng. 1814, as the donor of a Sumatra plant to the Calcutta Botanic Garden in 1812. A certain James Lumsdaine, ‘a native, but well qualified’ (probably a country-born European or Eurasian), was recommended by the Calcutta Medical Board for appointment as temporary Assistant Surgeon on an expedition to the East, and he was appointed from July 17, 1797. This expedition never took place, but Lumsdaine was appointed Acting Assistant Surgeon for Bencoolen in Nov. 1797. He was confirmed in the Bengal Service from Sept. 9, 1799, became full surgeon, and retired on July 5, 1825.1 Possibly identical.



(1) Cf. D.G. Crawford, A History of the Indian Medical Service 1600-1913, 1, 1914, p. 502-503.