James Craig (physician)

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Sir James Craig (died 12 July 1933) was an Irish professor of Medicine and an independent politician.[1]

He was educated at the Coleraine Academical Institution and Trinity College, Dublin (TCD), where he obtained the B.A. and M.B., B.Ch. degrees of the University in 1885. He proceeded M.D. in 1891, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in the same year. He was physician to Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital and consultant physician to Dr Steevens' Hospital, among others.[1]

He was elected to the House of Commons of Southern Ireland at the 1921 general election, representing the University of Dublin constituency as an independent Unionist.[2] He did not participate in the Second Dáil. He was re-elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the same constituency at the 1922 general election and became a member of the Third Dáil.[1] He was re-elected at the next five general elections, but died four months after the 1933 general election, in which he had been returned to the 8th Dáil.[3] The by-election for his seat was won by another independent candidate Robert Rowlette.

The Sir James Craig Memorial Prize has been awarded annually in TCD since 1952 to the student gaining first place at the final examination in medicine.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Obituary, BMJ, 22 July 1933
  2. ^ "Sir James Craig". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "James Craig". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Prizes in the Faculty of Health Sciences". Trinity College Dublin. Retrieved 19 October 2015.