At the age of twenty-one he was working as a man-servant on a farm near Dungannon in County Tyrone. In this position he courted his master’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.
*not the Irish surgeon-apothecary who became famous for working on whaling ships in the 1820s and 1830s.
• “Extraordinary Personation case” The Lancet, Feb 2, 1884: 229. Online.
• Havelock Ellis. Sexual Inversion. In Studies In The Psychology Of Sex. Random House. 1936: 246