John Richard Farre Hutson Guyana

Biography of John Richard Farre Hutson

John Hutson was born in Barbados on 11th December 1797 but spent most of his life in Demerara (Guyana). He came from a medical family. His grandfather, Richard John Farre, was a doctor at St.Thomas’s Hospital, London. His father, Henry, was also a medical practitioner, in Demerara. John Hutson came to Glasgow for his medical education, at least for the final part of it. He matriculated for the session 1816-17 and graduated M.D. in 1817.

On his return to Demerara he married Ann Waddell (1819) and settled to over forty-six years as a medical practitioner in the colony. It may be that at one time his father had a substantial holding of land and enslaved people at Spring Hall, St Mary though this has not been confirmed. If it were the case, by the 1830s his holdings were greatly depleted and after slavery was ended in 1834 his claim for compensation was for four, presumably domestic enslaved people. Dr. John Hutson himself claimed for the ‘loss’ of five. He died in October 1863.


John Richard Farre Hutson
Born 11 December 1797.
Died October 1863.
GU Degree: MD, 1817;
University Link: Graduate
Record last updated: 12th Apr 2021

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