Biography of Dr. John Cairns
Marin County, CA Biographies





Doctor John Cairns. Was born in Scotland, August 24, 1803. After finishing his education at the University of St. Andrews he acted as private tutor in several families. In 1830 was elected Master of the Grammar School of Lochmaben, which office he held for twelve years. Resigning this he left for China, passing two month in London, and being wrecked on the south coast of England. Arriving in China he located in Hong Kong, and edited the Hong Kong Register, a newspaper published in the city of Victoria in that colony, for six years, and then came to California in company with A L Inglis and James Stephenson, bringing with them about thirty Chinese, with whom they went to Tuolumne county, and there founded that well known place, Chinese Camp. After remaining here for three months he was engaged in the office of Everett & Co., of San Francisco. At the end of six months, during which he remained with them, losing everything, including a valuable library, in the fire of June 4, 1850, he commenced farming, being associated with his former partner, A. L. Inglis, in Gordon valley, Solano county, residing there for two years. The subject of this sketch next purchased a farm near Fulton Station, Sonoma county, and sojourned there for ten years; he afterwards lived in Santa Rosa, Sonoma county, for two years, and then moved to San Francisco, where he entered upon the study of medicine (more as a recreation than as a necessity), which he soon mastered, and obtained his diploma in 1867, at the green old age of sixty four years. In 1873 the doctor took up his residence in Saucelito, where he has held the office of Justice of the Peace for four and a half years. He married, November 1, 1853, Jane Thomson, a native of Scotland.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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