David Watt Torrance Scotland Israel Palestinian Territory, Occupied Syrian Arab Republic

Biography of David Watt Torrance

David Watt Torrance graduated MBCM from the University in 1883. He was born in Airdrie, son of Dr Thomas Torrance.

Upon graduation Dr Torrance travelled to Palestine in 1884 where he served with the Sea of Galilee Medical Mission. Torrance then undertook further training in Egypt, Damascus and Nazareth, before returning to Tiberias 1885 where he opened a Scottish Mission hospital, the first that was open to all races and religions. Initially set in two rooms near the Franciscan monastery, it expanded in 1894 into a new hospital at Beit abu Shamnel abu Hannah. Torrance was later ordained in the Free Church of Scotland in 1895.

During World War I, Torrance served with the Royal Army Medical Corps as resident officer in charge of Oakbank War Hospital in the west of Scotland. You can find his entry in our Roll of Honour here.

His children, Herbert Watt, Lydia Ida Huber, and Eleanor Marjorie, all born in Tiberias, followed in their father's footsteps studying Medicine at the University of Glasgow.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, A Roll of the Graduates of the University of Glasgow from 31st December, 1727 to 31st Decmeber, 1897, with short biographical notes, Glasgow : J. MacLehose & Sons


David Watt Torrance
Born 1862.
Died 26 August 1923.
GU Degree: MB CM, 1883;
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: missionaries; physicians
WWI: View WWI Roll of Honour Entry
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1883
Record last updated: 30th Jun 2021

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Airdrie
Place of Birth

Israel Israel, Tiberias
Place of Death

Palestinian Territory, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Occupied, No Region

Syrian Arab Republic Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus

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