b.17 January 1820 d.25 October 1886
BA Cantab(1849) MA MRCS LSA FRCP(1856)
Robert Frere, after attending school in Norwich, studied medicine at King’s College, London, and qualified in 1841. After a few years’ practice at Royston in Norfolk, he matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1844. Graduating as B.A. in 1849, he was a house physician at King’s College Hospital before being appointed, in 1850, physician-accoucheur and lecturer on midwifery at the Middlesex Hospital. He was the first dean of the Medical School at the Hospital (1856-58). On his uncle’s death in 1860, however, Frere left the medical profession to carry on his business as a wine merchant in the Strand, and his name disappears from the College Lists after 1874. He married, first, in 1851 Theresa Arabella Fanny, daughter of William Dowell, vicar of Locking, Somerset, and, secondly, in 1861 Catherine Frances, daughter of William Parry Richards.
G H Brown
[H. A. St.G. Saunders, The Middlesex Hospital, 1949, 98; Al.Cantab., ii, 580]
(Volume IV, page 83)
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