The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


People [PERS ID:11]

First NameDavid
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameBethune
Maiden Name
AKAof Kilconquhar; of Balfour
Medical Professional?Unknown


Birth (year) 1708
Date of death (year) 1782


Longstanding patient. The son of David Bethune (d. 1731) and Anne Paterson. Born in Cupar. Brother of Alice, maternal uncle of John Lindsay, who took the Bethune name as his heir, of Henry Lindsay and of Peter/Patrick Lindsay (all of whom are present in this database). Won Silver Arrow in archery competition at St Andrews University, 1722: medal survives in university collection. Married Anne Bethune, heiress of Balfour in 1731; she died in 1785. John Goodsir describes him as 'of a full habit, short neck & rather a large head'.

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 260Case of Mr David Bethune of Balfour who consulted Cullen previously over stomach complaints (See Case 34). Now also has an eye problem, head-pains, abdominal pains and increasing weakness.
2Case 652Case of Alice Bethune in Kilconquhar who since getting got cold feet from walking, has suffered from a cough and pains in her sides, breast and back; she also has a strange taste in her mouth. See Case 323.