William Henry Duncan, (18051863)

William Henry Duncan, (18051863), was a physician and medical officer of health, he was born in Seel Street, Liverpool on 27 January 1805, the third son and fifth of the seven children of George Duncan, merchant of Liverpool, and his wife, Christian, the youngest daughter of James Currie, minister of Middlebie and of Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire, and a sister of James Currie MD FRS of Liverpool. He was educated under the supervision of his uncle, the Revd Henry Duncan DD, at Ruthwell manse, his tutors including Robert Mitchell. From 1825 to 1829 he studied at Edinburgh University. He graduated MD in 1829.