FYI - Death of Dr. Alexander Woodburn Heron in NZ
In reply to:
Re: Heron Connection to Kirrouchtree, Balgaly, Scotland; Ontario, Canada & JAMAICA
Found this in pages of the past:
Evening Post, Volume XLIV, Issue 76, 27 September 1892, Page 2
Another Poisoning Scandal - Ruby Russell, an actress living at Fulham with Dr. Heron, asurgeon, or the Gambia district, was found dead and poison was suspected. Heron has committed suicide.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXVI, Issue 8042, 17 November 1892, Page 2 THE SUICIDE OF A DOCTOR.
The suicide of Dr. Alexander Woodburn Heron, Colonial surgeon of the Gambia, following, as it does hard upon the death of the girl Russell, the actress with whom he had been living, has naturally attracted much attention.
He was district medical officer at Manchester Jamaica from 1870 to 1881, in which latter year his wife died somewhat mysteriously.The lady was only 27 years of aged, and is supposed to have been poisoned by either a dose of prussic acid or morphia. On the night of her death, a report was circulated in Manchester to the effect that as Mrs. Heron was unable to sleep at night, her husband had sent to the dispensary for some morphia, but the man in charge, by some mistake, gave the messenger prussic acid. In due course the dose was given to the lady, who naturally died fromits effect. This occurred on Saturday August 13. On Suanday, Dr. Heron contadicted the report and stated that he had given his wife an overdose of morphia. Mr. Bowrey, the Government analyst, stated that the found in the body 1 1/10th grains of prussic acid. He discovered no morphia or other poisons.The coroner, in summing up, told the jury that practically they would agree with him when he said that Mrs. Heron died from the effect of an overdose of morphia administered by her husband.The inquiry lasted for four hours and the jury returned the following verdict - "We are of the same opinion as we were four hours ago, the deceased died from natural causes."The verdict created the greatest surprise in every part of the Island. Dr. Heron left Jamaica shortly after, and nothing more was heard of him in the colony. At the inquest on his body the jury found that he committed suicide whilst of unsound mind, and exculpated him from having any hand in the death of the girl, which, owing to the manner of his wife's demise, had been hinted at more than once.