Lives of the fellows

Thomas Garnett

b.1766 d.28 June 1802
MD Edin(1788) LRCP(1801)

Thomas Garnett, M.D., was born in 1766 at Casterton, in the county of Westmoreland, and was educated at Sedberg under Mr. Dawson, a proficient in mathematics, after which he proceeded to Edinburgh, where he was a diligent pupil of Dr. Brown, the author of the Brunonian system, and graduated doctor of medicine 12th September, 1788 (D.M.I. de Visu). Dr. Garnett commenced his medical career at Bradford, co. York, where he delivered lectures on chemistry and natural philosophy, but his success as a physician not proving equal to his expectations, he removed first to Knaresborough, and afterwards to Harrogate.

In 1795 he proceeded to Liverpool with the intention of emigrating to America. While waiting for his passage he delivered some lectures there, which met with so much approbation that he relinquished his design of emigrating, and in the following year was appointed professor of chemistry in the Andersonian Institution, Glasgow. On the establishment of the Royal Institution in 1800, Dr. Garnett was invited to deliver lectures there. This brought him to London, and for two seasons he read lectures to numerous and applauding audiences.

Dr. Garnett was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1801, but did not long survive, dying 28th June, 1802, at the early age of thirty-six. His portrait by T. Phillips was engraved by S. Phillips.

We have from his pen—
Experiments on the Horley Green Spa, near Halifax. 8vo. Bradford. 1790.
Experiments and Observations on the Crescent Water of Harrogate. 8vo. Leeds. 1791.
Outlines of a Course of Lectures on Chemistry. 8vo. Liverpool. 1797.
A Lecture on the Preservation of Health. 8vo. Liverpool. 1797.
A Treatise on the Mineral Waters of Harrogate. 8vo. Leeds. 1799.
Observations in a Tour through the Highlands and part of the Western Isles of Scotland. 2 vols. 4to. Lond. 1800.
Popular Lectures on the Zoonomia; or the Laws of Animal Life in Health and Disease. 4to. Lond. 1804. This was a posthumous publication for the benefit of his orphan daughters.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 3)

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