George Beatson was born in Trincomalee, Ceylon in 1848, the son of George Stewart Beatson, Honorary Physician to Queen Victoria and Surgeon General to the Indian Army. His mother was the daughter of an officer in the Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Rifles.
He spent part of his boyhood in Campbeltown and was educated at King William’s College, Isle of Man, at Clare College, Cambridge, and at Edinburgh University.
He came to Glasgow in 1878 where he joined the 1st Lanark Artillery. After 12 years, he took charge of the Glasgow Companies of the Volunteer Medical Corps.
In 1908, he was appointed Principal Medical Officer of the Lowland Divison of the Scottish Territorial Forced and held the positions of Lieutenant Colonel and Hon. Colonel of the Army Medical Corps (Volunteer).
He was made KCB (Knight Commander of the Order of Bath) in January 1908.
Sir George Beatson died in 1933.