Lives of the fellows

Richard (Sir) Dobson

b.1773 d.1 September 1847
Kt MD St And(1824) LRCP(1824)

Sir Richard Dobson, M.D., was born in Yorkshire, and educated as a surgeon. In May, 1795, he entered the navy, and after serving at Haslar hospital and in the West Indies was transferred to H.M. ship "Lively," of which ship he was surgeon in the memorable engagement off Cadiz, when the "Lively," in conjunction with three other frigates, succeeded in capturing four Spanish galleons, with an immense treasure on board. On his return home in 1820, he was appointed surgeon to the "Trusty" hospital ship in the Medway, and for the skill and humanity displayed by him to the Russian and Danish sailors while in charge of this hospital, he was presented with two valuable diamond rings by the emperor of Russia and the king of Denmark, and at the same time was made a knight of the orders of St. Vladimir of Russia and St. Danebrog of Denmark.

In 1814 he was appointed surgeon to the Royal Marine infirmary at Chatham, the duties of which he continued to discharge until 1824, when he was appointed surgeon to Greenwich hospital. He was created doctor of medicine by the university of St. Andrew’s 13th December, 1824, was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1824, and was knighted by William IV 17th August, 1831. Sir Richard Dobson resigned his office at Greenwich hospital in June, 1844, when, after a service of forty-nine years, he retired on full pay. He died 1st September, 1847, in Gloucester-place, aged seventy-four.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 299)

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