Jacob Versfeld South Africa

Biography of Jacob Versfeld

Jacob Versfeld from Cape of Good Hope, Cape Colony was probably the first Cape student to qualify at a British medical school. He attended Dr James Jeffray's class in session 1822-23, graduating MD from Edinburgh in 1825.

As a Cape Dutch (a descendant of the original Dutch settlers), Versfeld represented the trend to switch from study at the University of Leyden to Scottish Universities during a period of assimilation into the British Empire and the influence of the Scottish Presbyterian ministers replacing those of the Dutch Reformed Church.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Jeffray Medical Students Database 1790-1840


Jacob Versfeld
GU Degree: Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, 1822-23;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: physicians
English snippet: One of the first South African-born students
Record last updated: 24th Sep 2012

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South Africa South Africa, Cape of Good Hope
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  • Student