Lives of the fellows

Richard Darnelly

b.? d.11 January 1733
MB Cantab(1674) MD(1681) FRCP(1685)

Richard Darnelly, MD, was educated at St John’s college, Cambridge, as a member of which house he proceeded MB 1674, MD 5th July, 1681. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 26th June, 1682; and a Fellow, 25th June, 1685. He was Censor in 1709, and died 11th January, 1733, having for several years previously withdrawn from practice, and resided at Stanmore, Middlesex.

Towards the end of his life he fell into pecuniary difficulties, and was imprisoned in the Fleet, when he petitioned the College for aid. On the 25th June, 1731, it was “ordered that the beadle of the College do go to every fellow, candidate, and licentiate of the College and collect what they think fit to contribute upon this occasion.”(1)

William Munk

[(1) Dr Darnelly’s Petition stated: “that he had followed his profession for a long course of years with the utmost application, and thereby supported his family, but by reason of some misfortunes happening to him in African stock in the year 1720, and the decay of his practice, he is unfortunately run in debt to the amount of £550 and upwards, and is confined a prisoner in the Fleet; that he has several children unprovided for, and his house and lands at Stanmore, in Middlesex, is charged with a debt of £400, besides £40 due thereon for interest, and praying such charitable assistance and relief as shall seem meet to the College.”]

(Volume I, page 434)

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