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HOLMES, Andrew Fernando, physician, born in Cadiz, Spain, in 1797; died in Montreal, Canada, in September, 1860. His father was on his way to Canada when the vessel in which he sailed was captured by the French, and taken as a prize to Cadiz, where Andrew was born. The family reached Canada in 1801. The son studied medicine with a physician in Montreal and at the universities of Edinburgh and Paris, returned to Canada in 1819, and practised in Montreal. In 1824 he aided in founding the Montreal school of medicine, which, after the establishment of McGill university in 1828, became the medical department of that institution. He filled the chairs of materia medica and chemistry till 1836, then that of chemistry alone till 1842, was subsequently professor of the theory and practice of medicine, and from 1854 until he died was dean of the faculty. He was one of the founders of the Natural history society in Montreal, and gained a reputation as a naturalist. His herbarium of Canadian plants he presented to the museum of the university.
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