Lives of the fellows

Ambrose Dawson

b.1706 d.23 December 1794
MB Cantab(1730) MD(1735) FRCP(1737)

Ambrose Dawson, M.D., was born in Yorkshire, and was the son of William Dawson, of Langcliff, esq., by his wife Jane, a daughter of the ancient family of Pudsey, of Bolton, in that county. He was educated at Christ’s college, Cambridge. He proceeded M.B. 1730; M.D. 1735; was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1736; and a Fellow, 25th June, 1737. He was Censor in 1740, 1746, 1751, 1756; Harveian orator in 1744; Elect, 9th April, 1750; and Consiliarius, 1755, 1756, 1757, 1759. He was elected physician to St. George’s hospital, 27th April, 1745, and retained that office until 1760. "He resided in Grosvenor-street, where he practised in a very unostentatious way, and was a most charitable man. Upon his leaving London about 1776, to reside at Lancliff hall, and when presents of plate were not quite so frequent as they are now, he received from the parish of St. George, Hanover-square, a magnificent tea-urn in the fashion of the time, with an inscription which may be considered a volume in a few words. ‘ The parish of St. George Hanover-square to Ambrose Dawson esquire. M.D. Infirmus et visitastis me.’ " (1)

Lancliff hall not agreeing with him, Dr. Dawson eventually removed to Liverpool, where he died after a short illness, on the 23rd December, 1794, in his eighty-eighth year, being then the senior fellow of our college. He was buried at Bolton. We have from his pen—
Thoughts on the Hydrocephalus Internus. 8vo. Lond. 1778.
Observations on Hydatids in the Heads of Cattle. 8vo. Lond. 1778.

William Munk

[(1) Gent.Mag., June, 1841]

(Volume II, page 134)

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