Colonial Panorama, 1775: Dr. Robert Honyman's Journal for March and April

Colonial Panorama, 1775: Dr. Robert Honyman's Journal for March and April

Colonial Panorama, 1775: Dr. Robert Honyman's Journal for March and April

Colonial Panorama, 1775: Dr. Robert Honyman's Journal for March and April

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On the east coast of the Scottish highlands, in Kincardineshire, lies the village of Kinneff, the home of Robert Honyman. Born in 1747, Honyman was the son of the Reverend James Honyman, who, as his father and his grandfather had been before him, was minister of the local Presbyterian Church. Two of Robert's older brothers in the family of six entered the ministry, one of them succeeding his father at Kinneff. Robert, however, turned to medicine after securing his Master of Arts degree from Marischal College in 1765. At this college, presumably, he received his medical training as well. Unfortunately, the records of his life are most fragmentary. He supplemented his formal training by entering the British navy as a surgeon, and in 1771 he was aboard the "Portland" when it was sent out to convey Captain Cook's ship back from the island of St. Helena. Late in the following year Honyman came to America, settling finally in the northwestern part of Hanover County, Virginia, not far below Anderson's Bridge.

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