Dr Arthur Johnstone

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Dr Arthur Johnstone

  • Birth 1587 Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Death Jun 1641 Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Burial Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Memorial ID 88571181

Arthur Johnstone, an eminent Latin poet and physician, was born in 1587, at Caskieben, Aberdeenshire, the seat of his ancestors, as he informs us, for many generations. He was the fifth son of George Johnston of Caskieben, and Christian Forbes, daughter of William Lord Forbes. He had five brothers. The eldest, John Johnston, was appointed sheriff of Aberdeen in 1630, and the youngest, Dr. William Johnston, after having filled the chairs of humanity and philosophy in the University of Sedan, was appointed the first professor of mathematics in Marischal college. Like his brother he also wrote Latin verses.

Arthur received the early part of his education at the grammar school of Kintore, in the neighborhood of his father's estate, and is supposed to have studied at King's College, Old Aberdeen, as he was afterwards elected rector of that university. With the view of studying medicine, in 1608 he went to the continent, and twice visited Italy. He remained for some time at the university of Padua, where, in 1610, the degree of M.D. was conferred upon him. (Sixty five years after Versalius became its professor of anatomy and surgery, Padua educated William Harvey 1567-1657 from Folkstone, who was short, swarthy, curly haired, jumpy and talkative, and went home to become Physician at St. Bartholmew's Hospital and to James I and Charles I. From The Alarming History of Medicine by Richard Gordon 1993 St. Martin's Press N.Y., N.Y. - It seems likely that Dr. Johnston was well acquainted with the man credited with the discovery of circulation of the blood. CWE) He subsequently travelled through Germany, Denmark, and Holland; and after visiting England, he at last settled in France where he acquired considerable eminence as a Latin poet. Physician to JAMES I and CHARLES I, was in 1637, Rector of the King's College at the University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr. Johnstone died in 1641, at Oxford, whither he had gone on a visit to one of his daughters, who was married to a clergyman of the Church of England of that city, where he lies buried. King David I of Scotland is the 14th great grandfather of Dr. Arthur Johnston.
Married to Barbara Gordon.


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  • Created by: David Reese
  • Added: 15 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88571181
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Arthur Johnstone (1587–Jun 1641), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88571181, citing University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England ; Maintained by David Reese (contributor 47131508) .