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Dr. Matthew Ignatius Thornton Cassidy

Dr. Matthew Ignatius Thornton Cassidy

Posted: 1170371356000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cassidy/Beard
Looking for further information and possible descendents of
Matthew Ignatius Thornton Cassidy who graduated from Glasgow University and registered as a surgeon on the 14 April 1909.

Matthew entered public service in 1910 and was appointed District Medical Officer for the parish of Vere in Jamaica on 20th February 1913. In 1915/ 1916 he was on active service in the Great War with the R.A.M.C as a Lieutentant and then Captain. As of the 4th April 1919 he had retained the rank of Captain. The last entry in the 1938 Medical Register gives his address as C/O Health Office, Accra Gold Coast which is now Ghana.

His wife was Marie Cassidy nee Beard also a medical graduate of Glasgow University. She was born in Surrey but her family were from the West Indies. She returned there in 1911 and married Matthew sometime after her return.

Re: Dr. Matthew Ignatius Thornton Cassidy

Posted: 1359102824000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cassidy
Matthew Cassidy was my grandfather who died before I was born. His son, my father, Charles Desmond Thornton Cassidy, died in Nairobi in 1983, where he was a practising lawyer. I would be interested in the tree that you have prepared.

Kind regards,

Dennis Cassidy

Re: Dr. Matthew Ignatius Thornton Cassidy

Posted: 1408139208000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Beard, Clukies, Cassidy, Thornton-Cassidy, Thornton,

I am Marie Alexina Annette Beard's great niece, grand daughter of William Egon Halman Beard who was at University with both his sister, his brother and Matthew. I'm trying to find out more about the careers of both Matthew and Marie as they are supposed to have been great philanthropists and did a lot of public health work in Jamaica and then on the Gold Coast. I have read that not only did they study and work together but my aunt served as an RMO just like her brother and Matthew which I find fascinating, I'm trying to find out more about Marie and Matthew's life together they sound like fantastic people.

My grandmother was Ruth Cassidy and also from Glasgow and met my grandfather as a student. She was a pawn brokers daughter.

You can read their graduation stories and certificates on Glasgow University's website.

My email is

Warm regards
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