Yonge, James, 1647-1721 (naval surgeon and writer)
- Existence: 1647 - 1721
James Yonge (1647-1721), surgeon and medical writer, was born at Plymouth on 27 February 1647. After attending the local grammar school, he was apprenticed as a surgeon in the navy in 1658. He was present at the bombardment of Algiers in 1662, and was held as a prisoner of war by the Dutch at Amsterdam, 1665-1666. Following his release, Yonge developed a successful practice in Plymouth before becoming surgeon to the city's naval hospital and, in 1674, deputy surgeon-general to the navy. He died on 25 July 1721.