M. D Craik James, the family physician of Washington, born in Scotland in 1731, died in Fairfax co., Va., Feb. 6, 1814. He was educated for the medical service of the British army, emigrated to Virginia, accompanied Washington in the expedition against the French and Indians in 1754, and the next year was with Braddock in his fatal campaign. In 1775, by the aid of Washington, he entered the medical department of the army, and in 1781 he was director of the hospital at Yorktown. To him we owe the anecdote respecting the dangers incurred by Washington, and his remarkable escape, at Braddock's defeat. Fifteen years afterward, while exploring wild lands in the . western districts of Virginia, he encountered a party led by an aged Indian chief, who informed him, by an interpreter, that he had made a long journey to see Col. Washington, at whom in the battle of Monongahela he had fired his rifle 15 times, and ordered all his young men to do the same. In fact, Washington had two horses killed under him, and his coat was pierced with four bullets.
After the revolution Craik settled near Mount Vernon, and continued to be the physician of Washington until his death.