William Pulteney Alison

12th Nov 1790 - 22nd Sep 1859

Claimant or beneficiary


William Pulteney Alison, son of Rev. Archibald Alison and brother of Sir Archibald Alison (q.v), named after his father's patron Sir William Pulteney, awarded compensation as trustee with Sir Archibald Alison of their brother-in-law 'Colonel Gerard' for the Bellevue estate in St Vincent.

  1. Home educated, then University of Edinburgh from 1803; MD 1811; 'upon graduating from the Edinburgh Medical School Alison went to work in the New Town Dispensary in 1815'; in 1819 he was nominated by the the 2nd Viscount Melville  to the chair of medical jurisprudence; in 1821 he became professor of medicine and medical theory.

  2. John Gerard of Rocksoles m. 1810, Lt Col in East India Company, m. Dorothea-Montagu, dau. of Rev. Archibald Alison.


T71/892 St Vincent No. 458.

L. S. Jacyna, ‘Alison, William Pulteney (1790–1859)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004) http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/350 [accessed 12/09/2012]; his father, mother and brother are all in the ODNB: Philip Carter, 'Alison, Archibald (1757-1839), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and writer on aesthetics'; Norma Clarke, 'Gregory [married name Alison], Dorothea (baptised 1754, died 1830, companion of Elizabeth Montagu'; Michael Fry, 'Alison, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1792-1867), historian and lawyer.'

Christopher Hamlin, 'William Pulteney Alison, the Scottish philosophy and the making of a political medicine', Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 61 (2) (2006), pp. 144-86.

  1. Michael Michie, An Enlightenment Tory in Victorian Scotland: the career of Sir Archibald Alison (East Linton, Lothian, Tuckwell Press Limited, 1997) pp. 28-9.

  2. Burke, Bernard, Burke's Landed Gentry (London, Henry Colburn, 1846), Vol. 3 supplement, pp. 135-6.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Wm Putney Allison
Margaret Crawford Gregory
Edinburgh [1803-11 ]
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (1)

£4,081 18s 10d
Awardee (Trustee)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Trustee

Relationships (2)


Addresses (3)

Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Heriot Row, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Woodville, Colinton, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland