Michael McTurk Guyana Scotland

Biography of Michael McTurk

Michael McTurk signature, MD 1810
Michael McTurk signature, MD 1810

Michael McTurk from New Cumnock, graduated MD 1810, was the principal medical officer in British Guiana (now Guyana, the only English speaking country in South America) for 34 years.

As a member of the Georgetown Town Council he was responsible for two important measures that ensured the townspeople had water and the sugar estates were irrigated: the construction of a canal and a plan for water conservancy.

McTurk cared about the plight of the hundreds of slaves in the country, and was knighted by Queen Victoria on 7 September 1839 for his efforts on their behalf. After the passing of the Abolition of Slavery Act 1833, he brought in a local measure ensuring that full emancipation of the slaves began on 1 August 1838.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • 26677 Register of the Doctors of Medicine 1728-1888
  • Addison, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728 to 1858


Michael McTurk
Born 1785.
Died 20 November 1844.
GU Degree: MD, 1810; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: physicians
English snippet: Michael McTurk, principal medical officer in Guyana for 34 years
Record last updated: 27th Feb 2014

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Guyana Guyana
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Scotland Scotland

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