Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Johnson, Daniel

JOHNSON, DANIEL (1767–1835), writer on Indian field-sports, was appointed assistant surgeon in the Bengal medical service on 22 Jan. 1789. He was promoted to surgeon on 11 March 1805, and retired from the service in 1809. He settled at Great Torrington, Devonshire, and in 1822 printed, with the aid of a daughter of the local bookseller, ‘not more than eight and a half years old,’ his ‘Sketches of Indian Field-Sports.’ The book was dedicated to the court of directors of the Hon. East India Company. In 1827 he issued a second edition, to which he added a chapter on ‘Hunting the Wild Boar.’ The book is worthless from a modern point of view. In 1823 he published, also at Great Torrington, ‘Observations on Colds, Fevers, and other Disorders,’ a sensible book, accompanied by prescriptions. Johnson died at Torrington on 12 Sept. 1835, aged 68.

[India Office Records; Gent. Mag. 1835, pt. ii. p. 556; Dodwell and Miles's Alphabetical List of Medical Officers of the Hon. East India Company's Service.]

M. G. W.