John Richard Farre Hutson Guyana

Biography of John Richard Farre Hutson

John Richard Farre Hutson's signature in the graduation album
John Richard Farre Hutson's signature in the graduation album

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. His uncle, John Richard Farre, was co-founder of the Royal London Opthalmic Hospital. 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.

At one time his father had a substantial holding of land and enslaved people at Spring Hall, St Mary, including over 300 slaves. By the 1830s his holdings were greatly depleted and after slavery was abolished in 1834 John Hutson's claim for compensation was for five enslaved people, totalling £261 14s 3d.

He died on 13th October 1864.


John Richard Farre Hutson
Born 11 December 1797.
Died October 1863.
GU Degree: MD, 1817;
University Link: Graduate
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Record last updated: 27th May 2022

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