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Dr James Dorrian (1828–1895)
Dr James Dorrian (1828–1895)
Dr James Dorrian (1828–1895)
Dr James Dorrian (1828–1895)
Dr James Dorrian (1828–1895)
Dr James Dorrian (1828–1895)
Dr James Dorrian (1828–1895)
Dr James Dorrian (1828–1895)

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A larger than life-size stone statue of the bearded Dorrian, who is shown standing with his arms folded. The statue stands on a large stone pedestal. James Dorrian was born in County Down, Ireland, and was educated in Dublin. He arrived in Bolton around 1850, becoming 'one of the best-known medical gentlemen in the town or district'. Many of his patients were Irish or Catholic, and he gained a reputation for charity through ministering to the Irish poor, although his philanthropy was not confined to any single group. Though rather brusque in manner, he was said to have 'a heart as tender as a woman's' which was 'ever responsive to the cry of charity'. He was less active in other areas of public life, restricting his participation to the local bench, which he joined as a Justice of the Peace in 1880.

Dr James Dorrian (1828–1895)




Portland stone


H 274 x W (?) x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 206 x W 213 x D 213 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased by public subscription

Work type



Bolton Council


Bolton Council

Work status


Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

29th January 1898

Listing date



at all times

Signature/marks description

signed: John Cassidy

Inscription description

inscription on pedestal above carving of leaves: JAMES DORRIAN M.D. / 1826-1895. / ERECTED BY / PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / TO COMMEMORATE / A LIFE OF / USEFULNESS


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Located at

Queens Park, Bolton