Beginning with Mr Simms’s Destination:
surgeon: by the 1800s, the status of surgeons had improved from their beginnings as barber surgeons. In 1745, the surgeons broke away from the barbers
to form a separate Company of Surgeons, and in 1800, the Company of Surgeons was granted a Royal Charter to become The Royal College of Surgeons in London. But surgeons were still not considered gentleman
because they worked with their hands and were addressed as mister. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles,
the distinction is made in the following conversation:
“Come, come, we are not so far wrong after all,” said Holmes. “And now, Dr. James Mortimer—”
“Mister, sir, Mister—a humble M.R.C.S. [Member of the Royal College of Surgeons].”
Technically, of course, a doctor was not a gentleman because he accepted money for services. But presumably Mr. Wallace is the son of a gentleman.