Lives of the fellows

Anthony Fothergill

b.1735 d.11 May 1813
MD Edin(1763) FRS(1778) LRCP(1779)

Anthony Fothergill, M.D., was born at Sedbergh, and obtained his medical education at Edinburgh, Leyden, and Paris. He graduated doctor of medicine at Edinburgh in October, 1763 (D.M.I. de Febre Intermittente); and soon after, at the recommendation of his namesake, though no relation, Dr. John Fothergill, settled at Northampton. There he met with more difficulties and had greater opposition to encounter than either he or his patron had been led to expect. Ultimately, however, they were overcome, and his position in that town and neighbourhood seems to have come up to his desires. He continued at Northampton many years, and in 1774 was appointed physician to the hospital in that town. Dr. Fothergill was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society 12th November, 1778; a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1779; and in 1781, on the death of Dr. John Fothergill, he removed to London and settled in Harpur-street, the residence of his deceased friend. But his success in town not proving equal to his expectations, he removed to Bath in the latter part of 1784, where he soon acquired an extensive business, and realised a good fortune. In 1803 Dr. Fothergill relinquished practice, and set out on a visit to the western hemisphere. He remained in America several years, but returned to this country in 1812, and died at St. George’s-place, Surrey, 11th May, 1813, aged seventy eight. He left considerable wealth, most of which was bequeathed to charitable institutions. He was a frequent contributor to the Transactions of the Medical Society of London, and the following separate publications were from his pen:—
Hints for Restoring Animation, and for Preserving Mankind against Noxious Vapours. 8vo. Lond. 1783.
A New Inquiry into the Suspension of Vital Action in cases of Drowning and Suffocation. 8vo. Lond. 1795.
A New Experimental Inquiry into the Nature and Qualities of the Cheltenham Waters. 8vo. Bath. 1788.
Cautions to the Heads of Families on the Poison of Lead and Copper. 8vo. Bath. 1790.
An Essay on the Abuse of Spirituous Liquors. 8vo. Bath. 1797.
An Essay on the Nature of the Disease occasioned by the Bite of a Mad Dog. 8vo. Lond. 1798.
An Essay on the Preservation of Shipwrecked Mariners, in Answer to the Prize Questions proposed by the Royal Humane Society. 8vo. Lond. 1799.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 322)

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