George Andreas Berry

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The grave of George Andreas Berry, Dean Cemetery

Sir George Andreas Berry FRSE LLD (6 October 1853 – 18 June 1940)[1] was a world-leading eye surgeon and Scottish Unionist politician.

He was elected as Member of Parliament MP for the Combined Scottish Universities at the 1922 general election,[2] and held the seat until he stood down at the 1931 general election.[2]


He was the son of Walter Berry of Glenstriven FRSE (d.1904), the Danish Consul General for Scotland. He was educated at Marlborough College in Wiltshire before studying Medicine at Edinburgh University.[3]

He was a famous ophthalmologist and wrote a textbook Diseases of the Eye (1893) that was widely used in the U.K. and U.S.A.[4] In 1889, Berry published a description of a case of Treacher Collins syndrome (sometimes called Berry-Treacher Collins syndrome).[5]

In 1893 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Alexander Crum Brown, William Rutherford, Sir Thomas Richard Fraser and Sir Stair Agnew.[3]

In the First World War he was in charge of Optical Surgery in the 2nd Scottish General Hospital (now the Edinburgh Western General).

Berry is buried with his wife, Dame Agnes Jean Berry (née Muir), whom he married in 1883. The grave lies on the concealed southern terrace, at Dean Cemetery in western Edinburgh.

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  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with "S" (part 2)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 673. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ "JAMA Network - JAMA Ophthalmology - SIR GEORGE A. BERRY, M.D., LL.D., F.R.C.S. 1853-1940" (PDF). 1 September 1940. 
  5. ^ Gorlin, R.J.; Cohen, M.M.; Hannekam, R.C.M. (2001). Syndromes of the head and neck (4th ed.). Oxford U. Press. pp. 799–801. 
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Cheyne
Dugald Cowan
Sir Henry Craik
Member of Parliament for Combined Scottish Universities
With: Dugald Cowan 1918–1934
Sir Henry Craik, to 1927
John Buchan from 1927
Succeeded by
Noel Skelton
Dugald Cowan
John Buchan