William Lochead

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William Lochead FRSE MWS (sometimes given as Lochhead; c.1753-1815) was a Scottish surgeon and botanist. He served as the curator of the St Vincent Botanical Garden in the West Indies from 1811 to 1815, succeeding his friend Alexander Anderson.[1]


The son of John Lochead, William was born in Paisley in central Scotland around 1753. He graduated MD from Glasgow University in 1775 and served as a surgeon in Antigua in the West Indies.

In 1791 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were John Walker, William Wright and Daniel Rutherford.[2]

In 1794 he wrote extensively to Rev Dr John Walker concerning Guiana and the island of Demerara.[3]

He died at St Vincent on 22 March 1815. His post in the Gardens was succeeded by George Caley.[4]


  1. ^ Guilding, Lansdown (1825). An account of the botanic garden in the island of St. Vincent: from its first establishment to the present time. Glasgow: Richard Griffin & Company. 
  2. ^ BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF FORMER FELLOWS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X. 
  3. ^ Transactions off the Royal Society of Edinburgh vol.4
  4. ^ http://botanicalgarden.gov.vc/botanicalgarden/index.php/history/curators/william-lochead