GARVINE, THOMAS [SSNE 3890]
Text sourceThomas Garvine (1690-1766) was born in Ayr and studied at Glasgow. By 1713 he was a surgeon in St. Petersburg through the protection of Robert Erskine. In 1715-8 he was sent on the first Russian medical mission to China where he mastered the Chinese method of smallpox innoculation. On return to Scotland he became Provost of Ayr.
F. C.Weber, The Present State of Russia, L, 1722-3; R.Burgess, 'T.Garvine - Ayrshire surgeon active in Russia' Medical History, XIX, No.1,1975; D. Fedosov, The Caledonian Connection (Aberdeen, 1996), p.42;