David Watt Torrance History

David Watt Torrance M.D., O.B.E.

"The Galilee Doctor", "Torrance of Tiberias", famous son of Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland



This site is dedicated to the memory of David Watt Torrance M.D., O.B.E. "The Galilee Doctor". 
         David Torrance was a Christian medical missionary born in 1862 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  He opened the first "modern" hospital in Tiberias, Palestine in 1894.  For the next 30 years he dedicated his life to providing medical care and spiritual guidance to the inhabitants of one of the most remote regions of the middle east at that time.  He lost two wives and several children to disease in this hostile environment and died himself in 1923 in Safed, Palestine.  He is buried under a granite Iona cross in the garden of his beloved hospital on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

         Though scorned and spat upon when he first arrived in Tiberias, through his faith and kindness, he  earned the admiration of all.  At the time of his death he was "counted by the majority ... as a Hassid , or saintly one."

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More information about Dr. Torrance.
Text from the Glasgow Herald in 1923 following Dr. Torrance's death. 
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A description of Tiberias about 1936
NEW!--Biblical references and Dr. Torrance
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The Rabbi said:
"Jehovah hath created seven seas,
but the Sea of Galilee is his delight"

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