Lives of the fellows

William Dawkins

b.? d.1690
MB Cantab(1674) MD(1679) FRCP(1632)

William Dawkins, MD, was educated at St John’s college, Cambridge, as a member of which he graduated MB 1674, MD 1679. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1679, and a Fellow 12th April, 1632. He was Gulstonian lecturer in 1684, and Censor in 1685 and 1686. Dr Dawkins died under very painful circumstances, as we learn from the following entry in the Annals:-
“1690, Januarii 17. Circa idem tempus Dr Gulielmus Dawkins, vir singulari eruditione, structurâ corporis eleganti, moribus suavissimis, praxi in medicinâ felicissimâ, diem supremum obiit, sed adeò vehementer egenus, ut cum res nulla domi suppeteret, de publicis Collegarum et amicorum suorum sumptibus Januarii 25 elatus est. Toto vitæ curriculo se ingens exemplar humanæ fragilitatis ostendit, in ipso penè articulo mortis, aut citius (uti adfirmabant circumstantes omnes) Christianæ pænitentiæ; et, ut uno verbo complectar omnia, is erat de quo verè dici potuit, nullum abfuisse numen præter solam prudentiam.” He was buried at St Katherine’s Leadenhall-street.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 422)

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