Lives of the fellows

James (Sir) Fellowes

b.1771 d.30 December 1857
Kt MB Cantab(1797) MD(1803) FRCP(1805)

Sir James Fellowes, M.D., was descended from an old and respectable family in the county of Norfolk, but wasborn in Edinburgh, and was the third son of William Fellowes, M.D., a distinguished provincial physician, who practised for many years at Lincoln, and subsequently at Bath, where he attended the Prince of Wales as one of his physicians extraordinary. The subject of our present notice was admitted to Rugby school at midsummer, 1778, on leaving which he was entered at Peterhouse, Cambridge, but having been elected to one of the Tancred scholarships he removed to Caius college, of which house he subsequently became a fellow on the Perse foundation. He attended the lectures of Dr. George Fordyce and Dr. Andrew Marshall, in London, and then spent some time at Edinburgh. He graduated M.B. at Cambridge in 1797, and during the peace of Amiens travelled with the marquis of Cholmondeley in the capacity of domestic physician to France and Switzerland. He proceeded M.D. 5th July, 1803, and was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 1st October, 1804, a Fellow 30th September, 1805.

He entered the army as hospital assistant, and joined the military hospitals in Flanders under the duke of York in 1794. On the termination of that campaign, he was appointed physician to the forces, and in this capacity proceeded with the fleet under admiral Christian to St. Domingo. In 1804, on the breaking out of the pestilential fever at Gibraltar, he was selected by the physician-general of the army, Sir Lucas Pepys, to proceed thither. In recognition of his services there, his majesty George III in 1820 conferred upon him the honour of knighthood, and shortly afterwards he was appointed chief' of the medical department of the British army at Cadiz under lord Lynedoch.

On Sir James Fellowes’ retirement from the service in 1815, being then inspector-general of military hospitals, he was honourably mentioned by the Lords of the Treasury in a minute dated 3rd March, 1815. He died at Langstone cottage, near Havant, the residence of his son, Captain Fellowes, on the 30th December, 1857, in the eighty-sixth year of his age.

Sir James Fellowes was the author of—
Reports of the Pestilential Disorder of Andalusia, which appeared at Cadiz in the year 1800, 1804, 1810 and 1813; with an account of that fatal Epidemic which prevailed at Gibraltar during the autumnal months of 1804; also Observations on the remitting and intermitting Fever among the Troops after their return from Zealand in 1820. 8vo. Lond. 1815.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 24)

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