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Thomas Bellot R.N.

Convict Ship Surgeon-Superintendent

Seniority Royal Navy *23 December 1831


THOMAS BELLOT was born at Manchester on March 16th 1806, the son of Thomas Bellot, a surgeon practising in Oldham Street, and Jane Hale, daughter of Thomas Hale, of Darnhall, Cheshire. [1]

He was a student at Manchester Grammar School which in 1876 published an account of some of his achievements....

Thomas Bellot was a man of very versatile genius. As Assistant-Surgeon to H.M. sloop Harrier he took an active part in several boat attacks upon pirates in the Straits of Malacca. He afterwards assisted in the capture by boarding of a piratical slave brig, carrying a crew of 50 men. When he retired from his profession he published a translation of Galen's Aphorisms. He also took an active interest in several philosophical societies, and was a learned numismatist.



SURGEON-SUPERINTENDENT

He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the Havering in 1849. There was a serious outbreak of cholera early in the voyage....The Times reported on 4th July 1849 that the "ship Havering of London which was chartered to take convicts to Sydney and bound to Dublin to embark them, put back and anchored off Falmouth port on 1st July in consequence of cholera breaking out among the crew and the small escort of 45 troops which were on board. She left Deptford on the 21st June and the first case occurred on the 26th following, when the ship was 30 miles west of Scilly, and this induced the captain to bear up. Five of the crew and one soldier died before her arrival, and up to last evening (1st) eight cases remained, two of which appeared serious, whilst the remaining six were considered convalescent." "An officer with whom we conversed stated, that the disease was confined to men who were intemperate, and careless and loose in their habits, and that they had every expectation on board of checking the progress of the malady. The Havering was a new ship of 700 tons burden and no doubt very efficiently fitted out for the contemplated voyage, and is in no wise crowded, so that the best hopes of checking the evil may be fairly entertained, and her departure for Dublin expedited. "

The Havering departed Dublin on 4 August 1849 and arrived in Port Jackson on 8 November 1849 with 334 male prisoners.



MEDICAL DIRECTORY


Thomas Bellot was listed in the Medical Directory of 1853.....

Stockport, Cheshire - F.R.C.S. (Nom) 1844;
M.R.C.S.E. 1828;
L.S.A. 1826;
Hon. Mem. of Natural History Soc., Geological Soc., and Botanical Soc. Manchester;
Surg. Royal Navy. Translator of the 'Aphorisms of Hippocrates and Galen on the Hand'.



DEATH


Thomas Bellot died at Manchester 25 June 1857.



OBITUARY


Death of Thomas Bellot, F.R.C.S.E., Surgeon Royal Navy, late of H.M. flag ship 'Britannia', Black Sea, and of the Naval Hospital Therapia, having previously served in the East and West Indies, South Africa, China, and in command as Surgeon-Superintendent to Australia. - Gentleman's Magazine [2]



NOTES AND LINKS

1) Thomas Bellot - National Portrait Gallery



REFERENCES

[1] Royal College of Surgeons

[2] Ulula: The Manchster Grammar School Magazine