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Biographical entry Jobson, John (1810 - 1889)

MRCS May 24th 1831; FRCS May 13th 1858; LSA 1832; JP.

23 August 1889
General surgeon


The son of Edward Jobson, of Elswick, was apprenticed to his uncle, Dr Frost, of Newcastle, and next served as apprentice assistant to Dr Leighton, of Newcastle, whose pupil at that time was Dennis Embleton. He then studied at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals, and having qualified distinguished himself during an epidemic of cholera at Sunderland, Newcastle, and Gateshead in the latter part of 1831. In 1832 he settled in practice at Bishop Auckland, during the latter period of his life in partnership with Thomas Alexander McCullagh. He was known for his professional skill, acumen, and grace of manner combined with kindness of heart, which soon placed him at the head of the medical profession in the town. Among posts held were that of Medical Officer to the Bishop Auckland Local Board, Surgeon to the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company, to the Sheldon Engine Works, to Bolckow Vaughan & Co's Collieries, to the Whitton Park Iron Work and Blackbay Coal Companies, Referee to the Scotland Life Assurance and other Societies. He became Vice-President of the Newcastle and Gateshead Pathological Society and President of the North British Medical Association.

He took the keenest interest in all public movements. It was not his infrequent boast that Bishop Auckland was one of the healthiest towns in England. He actively promoted the Town Hall and Market Company, and for twenty-two years until 1888 was Chairman. For many years he was Chairman of the Gas Company and attended meetings until shortly before his death. He was foremost in the local Volunteers; beginning as Lieutenant in the Auckland Company, for several years he commanded the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. He was placed on the Commission of the Peace in 1867, and for many years was the senior JP on the Bench. He died on Aug 23rd, 1889.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit Med Jour, 1889, ii, 629].

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