|Place of Birth||Edentrillick, Co. Down|
|Place of Death||Belfast|
Alexander Knox was born in 1802 at Eden Hill House, Edentrillick, Co. Down. He studied medicine in Edinburgh, and graduated in 1831. He was assistant surgeon in the Royal Navy before practicing in Dromore, Co. Down. He moved down to Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, around 1840 where he built up a successful practice before illness forced him to give up medicine. He then moved to Belfast, and was advised to go on a long sea voyage, but instead he set out to visit and comment on the mineral waters of Ireland. This resulted in his writing his first book, Irish Watering Places, published in Dublin in 1845. He then returned to medical practice in Strangford, Co. Down and wrote a number of scientific papers on cholera in the Dublin Medical Press in 1847-48. In 1849 he expanded these into his second book An Enquiry into the Actual State of our Knowledge of Cholera which was published in Dublin. In 1851 he was appointed Poor Law Medical Inspector and in 1853 was elected a member of the Belfast Clinical and Pathological Society. For two decades he continued to practice in Strangford, retiring in 1871. He then moved back to Belfast to live at Beechcroft House, Strandtown. At this point he began to gather material for his greatest work, A History of County Down, which was published in 1875. Two years later, on the 9th November 1877, Doctor Knox died at his home and was buried in the Cathedral graveyard in Dromore..
Will Patterson, ‘History of the County Down-The Local Connection’, Dromore and District Local Historical Group Journal, < http://lisburn.com/books/dromore-historical/Journal-1/journal-1-4.html#history >. Accessed 20.11.2014.
- The Irish Watering Places, their Climate, Scenery and Accommodations; including analyses of the principal mineral springs, by Dr. R. Kane, and remarks on the various forms of disease to which they are adapted; together with directions for the regimen of invalids, and observations on indigestion, gout, pulmonary consumption, and other diseases of the chest, stomach, and nervous system. By Alexander Knox, M.D., Late Physician and Surgeon to the Ballycastle Dispensary, Fever Hospital, and Poor House. (Author of travel text)