James Barry

(c. 1799—1865) army medical officer and transvestite

Related Overviews


'James Barry' can also refer to...

David fitz James Barry (1550—1617) soldier

Ernest James Barry (1882—1968) sculler

James Barry (1741—1806) history painter, printmaker, and author

James Barry (1603—1673) judge

James Barry (1667—1748) politician and Jacobite conspirator

James Barry Munnik Hertzog (1866—1942) prime minister of South Africa


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Military History


Quick Reference

(1795–1865). Barry entered the British army as a hospital assistant in 1813, was appointed assistant surgeon in 1815, and rose to become inspector-general of the Army Medical Department in 1858. It was only after Dr Barry's death in 1865 that she was discovered to be a woman, having concealed her gender throughout her service.


From The Oxford Companion to Military History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Military History.

Reference entries