Thomas Young was born on 1 March 1725. He was the second son of George Young, a surgeon in Edinburgh. He matriculated in EU Faculty of Arts in 1741 and 1742 and became a surgeon in Lee’s Regiment (55 Foot) in May 1745. He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Prestonpans and for a time attended to the wounded in the Edinburgh Infirmary. He completed his military service in 1750 and later that year began to lecture on Midwifery. By the summer of 1751, Young was practicing surgery in Edinburgh. In 1756 he was appointed Professor of Midwifery at Edinburgh University - only the third holder of that Chair, after Robert Smith and Joseph Gibson, the first holder. Young was the first Professor of Midwifery at Edinburgh to actually lecture on the subject of obstetrics. He also had an association with Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary. Professor Thomas Young died 5 February 1783 at the age fifty-seven.