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05 June 2011

John Coulter (1834 - 1884) man-servant, labourer.

John Coulter was a man of definite masculine appearance with good muscular development. At the age of twenty-one he was working as a man-servant. In this position he courted his mistress's daughter, and was successful in marrying her.

From 1872 he worked for the Belfast Harbour Commissioners as a labourer.

In 1878 his wife started living apart from him because of his dissipated habits. He died from injuries caused by falling down a flight of stairs, and was discovered to be female bodied. His wife returned to bury him. The story was written up in The Lancet.
  • Havelock Ellis. Sexual Inversion. In Studies In The Psychology Of Sex. Random House. 1936: 246

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