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Portrait of Dr John Moore 1730 - 1802



Dr John Moore


Born: 10 October 1730 and died at Richmond 21 February 1802.
Son of: Rev Charles Moore and Marion Moore (nee Stirling)
Brother of:
1. Marion Porteous nee Moore who married Rev Dr Porteous.
2. Mary Macintosh nee Moore who married C Macintosh (George Macintosh 1739 to 1807?).
3. Ann Bryce nee Moore who married a Mr Bryce.
4. Charles Moore.
5. Barbar Moore.
John married: Jean Moore (nee Simson, 1735-1820), at Dunlop 17 June 1754, daughter of John Simson (1667-1740) and Janet Simson (nee Stirling, 1691-1782).
John and Jean had issue:
1. Jane Moore (1758-1843).
2. Lieut-General Sir John Moore (1761-1809).
3. James Carrick Moore (1762-1860) who married Harriet. Henderson (1779-1866).
4. Adm Sir Graham Moore (1764-1843) who married Dora Eden (1789-1875).
5. Francis Moore (1767-1854) who married Lady Eglinton.
6. Charles Moore (1770-1809).


Dr John Moore: An Overview

We know about John from many sources including:
1. The book 'Records of the Carrick Moore Family' by George Heath, 1912.
2. The book about his son 'Sir John Moore' by Carola Oman, 1953.

Dr John Moore, son of Rev Charles Moore and his wife Marion Anderson, was born at Stirling in 1730, and educated at Glasgow University.  Studied medicine in 1747, became surgeon's mate in Duke of Argyll's Regt., and his first service was at Maestricht, where the hospitals were filled with wounded after the battle of Leffeldt.  Being introduced to the third Earl of Albemarle, he was attached to the Coldstream Guards at Flushing and Breda.  He afterwards stayed in Paris, where he again met Tobias Smollet, an old college friend.  In 1751 his former teacher, Gordon, invited him back to Glasgow, and took him into partnership. 

In 1757 he married Jean Simson, daughter of the Professor of Divinity in the University. 

In 1772 he gave up practice, and travelled on the Continent for five years with the young Douglas, eigth Duke of Hamilton.  In addition to being a grand tour Douglas's parents felt that the warmer climate would benefit his health.  For Dr John Moore this was be be a great opportunity during which he kept notes and later published some books on his travels.  For his son John (later Gen Sir John Moore) this proved to be an even greater opportunity as the experiences he gained probably helped greatly towards the illustrious military career that he was to later have.

After returning Dr John Moore settled in London, and took up literary work.  He visited Voltaire at Ferney, and talked with Frederick the Great at Berlin.  At Florence he often saw Prince Charles Edward Stuart.  In 1784 he met Dr Johnson, and later corresponded with Burns.  In 1792 he visited Paris with the Earl of Lauderdale, and saw the disturbances of 10th August, and the massacres of 29th September.  His account of this period is often quoted in Carlyle's Frence Revolution.

John was the author of a number of books including:
A Journal during a Residence in France.
A View of the Society and Manners in France, Switzerland and Germany.
Case Respecting the Maintenance of the London-Clergy,briefly Stated.
A treatise on domestic pigeons; comprehending all the different species known in England.
Medical Sketches: in Two Parts.
Zeluco. Various views of human nature, taken from life and manners. foreign and domestic. 
Edward. Various Views of Human Nature, Taken From Life and Manners Chiefly in England.
Mordaunt [An Epistolary Novel]. Sketches Of Life, Characters & Manners in various countries. Including the Memoirs of a French Lady of quality.
Moore's Travels.
A View of the Causes and Progress of the French Revolution.


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