23 July 1844
We regret that it is our melancholy duty to record in our columns, the decease of Dr. William Robertson, one of the oldest and most eminent medical practitioners in this city. Dr Robertson is too well known in Montreal to need ~~~~ from the public press. He was for 15 years one of the principal physicians of the Montreal General Hospital, and to his eagerness to attend to the welfare of the suffering poor, that Institution owes much of its present high reputation for successful practice. He occupied for many years the chief Professorship in the Medical Branch of the University of McGill College; and the Province at large, owes to him a debt of gratitude for his anxious and unceasing attention to the medical education of the students who attended his lectures, many of whom are now ~~~~~ ornaments of their profession. Deeply devoted to the cause of science, he neglected no opportunity of advancing its interests, and Montreal owes much of the flourishing state of several of her institutions to his fostering care. In private life, Dr. Robertson enjoyed the esteem of every one who had the pleasure of his acquaintance; and his generous and charitable character made him universally beloved. He had been declining in health for nearly two years, and we have no doubt but that his valuable life was greatly shortened by his untiring devotion to his profession.
Dr. Robertson was the son of the late James Robertson, Esq., of Kradrochet, in Perthshire, Scotland, one of the oldest families in the Highlands. He came to Canada in 1806, to join the 49th Regiment, as Assistant surgeon; he was afterwards promoted as Surgeon to the 41st, and served in the American War of 1813 and 14. He retired on half-pay in the year 1815, and immediately established himself in practice in this city, where he soon arrived at the top of his profession.
Dr. Robertson departed this life on Thursday night, after a painful illness of only two days. His remains were interred yesterday.