Descendants of Patrick Gordon

GORDON James

 

James Gordon, born in 1877, was one of the 11 children of John Gordon (see earlier photo) and Mary O'Connor of Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

James, who was six feet six inches tall, was a brother of Patrick (see previous photo). He became a doctor, moving in 1902 to Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal where he worked as a surgeon at the Sheil Hospital.

Besides his hospital work, James also treated patients at his home and, more usually, in their own homes as in those days most people waited until they were bed-ridden before seeking medical assistance. During the Emergency, as the Second World War was known in Ireland, James was one of the very few who had a petrol allowance that enabled him to do house calls over a wide area in and around Ballyshannon.

James never married. He died in Ballyshannon in 1955 aged about 79.

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