The heroic General Hugh Mercer
, who fell at Princeton
in 1777, and our own Richmond
pioneers, James McClurg
and William Foushee
, both of whom rendered excellent service in the Revolution.
I may mention also Ephriam McDowell
, son of James McDowell
, of Rockbridge county
, who was the first surgeon on record to successfully perform, in Kentucky
, in 1809, the operation for extirpation of the ovary..
The list of Virginia-born physicians graduated from Edinburgh
is a lengthy one.
The earliest in preserved record were Theodrick Bland
, in 1763; Arthur Lee
, 1764, and Corbin Griffin
Among the subsequent names were those of McClurg
, and others, endeared to us in the offices of their decendants.
Nor was there deficiency in lights of the law. It may be presumed, however, that their presence would not have aided in pacifying turbulence among the early colonists.
Some names were impressed on the annals of Virginia
in the latter part of the seventeenth century.
Among them I may mention Robert Beverley
of the Colony and father of the historian; William Fitzhugh
, the ancestor of those of the name in the South
; Edmund Jenings
, Launcelot Bathturst
, Maximilian Boush
, Maximilian Robinson
, William Robertson
of the Council, and William Byrd
(the second of the name), of varied useful and accomplished exemplification, who was a member of the Inner Temple
as well as a fellow of the Royal Society.
Early in the eighteenth century we have Sir John Randolph
, of the Inner Temple
and Gray's Inn, John Holloway
, William Hopkins1 John Clayton
, Godfrey Pole, Joseph Bickley
, Philip Herbert
and Jack Power, Edward Barradall
, Stevens Thomson
, and John Mercer
, the last the founder of a distinguished family, the compiler of an Abridgement of the Laws of Virginia
, a cogent writer, and an accomplished botanist.
With the luminous names of Bland
, Wayles, Page, Corbin
, Curle, Ronald
, and others in succeeding eras you are familiar.