Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison – 1839

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Malta Garrison – 1839

Baptisms 1839

The average strength of the garrison was 2,186 men.

15 Mar 1839 Private baptism of Frederick Stephen Terry, born on 10 Aug 1838, son of Lt Col Robert Terry Town Adjutant of Malta and Eliza Therould. He was publicly received into the church on 21 Jan 1840.

22 Mar Baptism of Margaret Bremner born on 17 Feb 1839, daughter of Barrack Sgt Thomas Bremner and Eliza.

14 May Baptism of Allan Pritchard born on 16 Apr 1839, son of Barrack Sgt Richard Pritchard and Mary.

29 June Baptism of Fanny Varlo Major born on 8 June 1839, daughter of Francis William Amiable Carpenter Major Assistant Commissary General and Catherine.

7 Sep Baptism at Gozo of Francis Ady born on 21 July 1839, son of Sgt Joseph Ady and Maria.

Medical Degrees

On 10 July 1839, the Governor, Sir Henry Bouverie (1836-1843), made a recommendation to the Secretary of State for the University of London to recognise the medical degree of the University of Malta.

On 15 Aug, the Senate of the University of London replied that candidates would only be admitted for the First Examination for the degree of Bachelor of Medicine, once they had passed the Matriculation Examination of the University of London.

Post Mortem Records

The register of post mortem examinations carried by John Liddell (1794–1868) at the Royal Naval Hospital Malta from 1828 to 1839, appeared in the Malta Government Gazette on 27 Aug 1834.

The register, kept in a pharmacist's ledger, had its first entry on 16 Jan 1829. It had regular entries until 6 May 1838. In an entry dated 5 Jan 1832, Liddell refers to the new hospital at Bighi. This was the first time the naval hospital in Malta was mentioned. The date of this entry was nine months before the hospital had been completed on 24 Sept 1832.

In 1855, Liddell was succeeded by Sir William Burnett as Medical Director General. Burnett held the post until 1864.



  • TNA:CO 158/109, 1839 Aug 15, Letter from University of London.
  • TNA:WO 17/2145, Returns of the General and Staff officers of the hospitals attached to the forces in Malta (1 January–1 December 1839).
  • TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Baptism Register from 14 July 1839 to 25 December 1859.
  • A list of all the officers of the Army and The Royal Marines. War Office 19 January 1839.
  • Paxton Dewar, A survey of postmortems Malta Hospital 1829 to 1838 with special reference to the cholera epidemic of 1837. J. Roy. Army Med Corps 1903-1995; 84-88.