Thomas Masterman Winterbottom (1766-1859)
Thomas Masterman Winterbottom was born in South Shields. He studied medicine at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and in 1792 joined the staff of the Sierra Leone Company as physician to the colony. He returned from Africa in 1796 and took over his father's practice in his home town. Winterbotton retained a strong interest in missions and was well known locally for his philanthropy and love of books.
At the time of his death, he was the oldest doctor in Britain.
In 1803, Winterbottom published a highly regarded work on the Native peoples of West Africa, which is unusual for its sympathetic depiction of Native customs.
Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860 edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)