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Alexander Dewar R.N.,
Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Date of Seniority Royal Navy 14 January 1805

Alexander Dewar was appointed Surgeon in the Royal Navy in 1805.  He was on the List of Medical Officer who had served at War having been Surgeon of the Leonidas at the taking of the Islands of Cephalonia and Maura in 1809 [1]

He was included in the Navy List of Medical Officers in 1814 [2]


Alexander Dewar was employed as surgeon on the convict ship Chapman in 1817. There was a mutiny on the Chapman during the voyage during which convicts were killed. Alexander Dewar, John Drake and Christopher Bustead were accused of murder.

He departed Australia bound for England under close arrest in December 1817 on the Harriet . He was later acquitted of the charge of murder.


The following details may be of Alexander Dewar of the Chapman:

At Muircote near Alloa, on the 4th August, Alexander Dewar Ed., M.D to Margaret Rosamond Geddes, fourth daughter of William Geddes Esq. - Caldedonia Mercury 8 August 1818

University of Edinburgh - On Saturday the Senatus Academicus of the University of Edinburgh conferred the degree of Doctor in Medicine on the following gentlemen after having gone through the appointed examinations and publicly defended their inaugural dissertations - Among the 103 names was that of Alexander Dewar (vulneribus pugna in navali apud Algeriuni proximae facta acceptis) Caledonia Mercury 8 August 1818

Alexander Dewar was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy unfit for service in 1841


[1] The New Navy List

[2] The Navy List