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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
James L. H. H. Porteous, M.D.


DR. PORTEOUS was born August 4, 1842, at the Manse of Ricarton, Ayrshire, Scotland, his parents being Rev. James Porteous and Jemima Baxter. His education was obtained from private tutors, at the Ayr Academy, the Edinburgh Royal High School, and St. Andrews and Edinburgh Universities, graduating as Physician and Surgeon; afterward becoming Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Dr. Porteous practised his profession at Liverpool, England, Kirkcaldy, Scotland, and in 1889 came to the United States, and settled in Yonkers, New York, where he has gained the highest distinction in his calling, and has the fullest confidence and respect of the community.

Dr. Porteous has served as House Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh; Visiting Surgeon of Liverpool Dispensaries; ex-Consultant and Gynecologist at St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Yonkers; late Visiting Physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Yonkers, and at present is Consulting Physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He has been a member of the Academy of Medicine, New York; the Edinburgh Obstetrical Society, the British Medical Association, the American Medical Association, New York Medical Society, and the Westchester Medical Association; he has served as President of the Jenkins Medical Society, and Vice-President of the Westchester Medical Association. He is a member of Clan MacGregor of Yonkers, of Nepperhan Masonic Lodge, and of the First Presbyterian Church, Yonkers; in politics he is a Republican.

In 1875, Dr. Porteous married Louise Carlisle Mason, daughter of the late John M. Mason, attorney-at-law, New York City. It is noteworthy that Mrs. Porteous’ great-great-grandfather was the celebrated Dr. John Mason, sometime professor in the Reformed Church College at Abernethy, Scotland, who came to America in 1762, and became Chaplain to Washington, and a professor at West Point. Her great-grandfather was the Rev. Dr. John M. Mason, a noted preacher, and Provost of Columbia University, a position created specially for him.

Dr. Porteous is a man of commanding physique, and strong, attractive personality, having a happy faculty of making and holding friends. Yet, notwithstanding his honours and distinctions, he is strikingly modest and unassuming in his intercourse with his friends. His residence is 171 North Broadway, Yonkers, N. Y.


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