Obituary July 1878. Dr. David Hadden, Skibbereen, First Apothecary to Qualify in Ireland 1839 under New Regulations. , Dispensary Doctor, Castletownsend, Drimoleague, Contacted Famine Fever, On Retirement 1871 People of Drimoleague presented him with a Silver Bread Basket Containing 75 Sovereigns. A large Gift for a poor District. Leading Methodist, Extended Family.

In many ways the dispensary doctors were the unsung heroes of 19th century Ireland. Their efforts in the 1830s largely freed Ireland from smallpox, perhaps the first in Western Europe. Time and time again they promoted vaccination, clean water, hygiene often agains ignorance not always confined to the poorer classes. Their pay was poor, 1874 Guardians of Skibbereen Poor Law Union revised salaries of Medical officers to £120 per annum. Comparable salaries fro Resident Magistrates (roughly corresponding the District Justice) who were being recruited from the 1850s were in the order of £400 plus various allowances and a pension.

David Hadden M.D., Glasgow Apothecary, first in Ireland to be licensed 1839 under new regulations. Physician and Surgeon. Dispensary Doctor Castletownsend during Famine. Retired 1871 after 19 year as Dispensary Doctor Dwimoleague. 1876 Hadden David, Main street Born 1817, Son of Rev. John Hadden, Abbeyleix. leading Methodist, Freemason Treasurer 15th Lodge. Testimonial to Mr. Fitzgerald manager Provincial Bank 1863. Window to him Abeystrewey Church. CC 21/12/1843) – ADDRESS TO ALEXANDER O’DRISCOLL, J.P., SKIBBEREEN 1843 [following his dismissal as a Magistrate] John Jagoe Welply M.D. named in will During famine caught fever, pneumonia 1850 after is recovery people of Drimoleague presented him with a silver bread basket containing 75 sovereigns. Born in Abbeyleix his was his brother William Henry possibly Wexford who trained as an apothecary and later practised medicine in Walhalla, Australia. 1859, Thomas Burke, M.D., Skibbereen. Estate £1,500. Named Daniel Donovan, M.D., David Hadden, M.D., Daniel McCartie, brewer. 1877 Testimonial 1877 to Dr.Maunsell Memorial Fund. He married one of the Evans sisters, Lissangle, James Crowley, North St and probably Ballyourane Caheragh, married Rebecca Evans. Dr. David Hadden MD, Skibbereen 1878 probate £2,000. Sons also doctors. Skellig List 1840s Ellen Hadden: daughter of Dr David Hadden who did much good work with the poor during the Famine (along with Dr Daniel Donovan). She married George Vickery in 1872 and they lived in Ballymartle (near Cork) and then Kinsale where George was the medical officer.

1878 Dr. David Henry Hadden MD Doctor in Bandon 1878 Methodist. Executor of father Dr. David Hadden MD, Skibbereen 1878 probate £2,000. Brothers also doctors. “Hadden, David, M.D., Skibbereen, (2 copies) Hadden, David, Junior, M.D., John Hadden, M.D. Lincolnshire Hadden, Provincial Bank, Cork Subscribers Dr. Daniel Donovan, History of Carbery 1876. ” Probably daughter Rachel Sarah baptised Methodist Church wife daughter of Henry and Rachel Wolfe

c1860-, 1879 Dr. John Hadden Skibbereen and practising Horn castle, Lincolnshire. One of 6 sons of Dr. David Haden of whom 5 became doctors. ” 1879 attending British Medical Association Annual meeting Cork.

1858-1949), Dr William Edward Hadden Worked Liverpool. Mines, Ship Doctor, Portadown “A marine interlude in 1884 for Dr William Edward Hadden (1858-1949), a doctor’s son from Skibbereen in County Cork, before he settled in Portadown, County Armagh – prepared by his grand-daughter Rosalind Hadden from his surviving letters and journals. My grandfather was the youngest of six brothers in a very Methodist and medical family. Five of the six sons became doctors – but there was room for only one to succeed to the practice of their father Dr David Hadden in Skibbereen. Young “”Eddie””, as he was called by the family, started by being apprenticed to his father; then he went to the new Queen’s College in Cork – but had barely begun his formal medical studies there when his father died in February 1878, leaving a complicated will for whose bequests there was unfortunately not enough money. Later that spring Eddie himself was seriously ill with typhus fever – caught from a patient – and in the letters he wrote to his widowed mother he frequently refers to continuing worries about his health as well as his finances. ” In November 1882, still aged only 24, he found his first proper post in England as assistant to a Dr James Marr in Castle Eden, a colliery village near Durham, at an annual salary of £90. He tells his mother that he had help in getting this from his eldest brother John (a doctor in Lincolnshire), and from a Liverpool cousin Harry Atkins (son of Dr David Hadden’s sister Anne, who had married a Methodist minister). WEH was elected to the Dispensary “by a majority of 1 from 17, at £9 per month all found except diet, with bedroom and sitting room”; he started work in the first week of February 1883. Liverpool was a more friendly place for him, with his aunt Anne and family, and his married sister Mary Ellen, living locally. “On 8 April WEH writes to say “”Today I have been offered the Sarnia – the pay is bad only £8 a month & no shore pay but I feel so poorly that I think it is right for me to take a voyage.”” April 18th 1884 South Dispensary Liverpool … “”I am off on Tuesday for Canada…”””

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