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Convict and Colonial History

James Alexander Mercer R. N.,

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 9 February 1815

James Alexander Mercer was appointed supernumerary to the HMS Tagus in 1810.[1]

He was appointed Surgeon in the Royal Navy 9 February 1815.

Surgeon Superintendent

James A. Mercer was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on three convict ship voyages to Australia:

Asia to New South Wales in 1822.

Albion to Van Diemen's Land in 1823.

Asia (1) to New South Wales in 1825

Qualifications and Awards

Treatise on the Accessary Organs of Hearing, comprising the Special Pathology and Treatment of their Diseases, by James Mercer, M.D., written as a probationary essay for the Fellowship of the College of Surgeons in 1840 [2]

Edinburgh, Scotland - University of Edinburgh...The following teachers being Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh:

James Mercer for Practical Anatomy and Anatomical Demonstrations. [3]


[1] The Naval Chronicle

[2] Practical Observations on Aural Surgery: And the Nature and Treatment by William Robert Wilde

[3] The London Medical Directory 1846 by John Churchill