Lives of the fellows

Maxwell Garthshore

b.1732 d.1 March 1812
MD Edin(1764) FRCP Edin LRCP(1764) FRS

Maxwell Garthshore, M.D., was born in 1732 at Kirkcudbright, of which place his father was the minister. At the age of fourteen he was placed with a surgeon at Edinburgh, and during his apprenticeship attended the medical lectures at the university. He then entered the medical service of the army, and served in lord Charles Hay’s regiment as mate to Mr. Huck, afterwards well-known as Dr. Huck Saunders, but soon quitted it; and in 1756 settled at Uppingham, succeeding to a lucrative business just relinquished by Dr. John Fordyce, where he made the acquaintance and obtained the warm friendship of Dr. (subsequently Sir George) Baker, then practising at Stamford, by whom he was at a subsequent period encouraged to settle in London. Preparatory thereto, he returned to Edinburgh; took his degree of doctor of medicine there 8th May, 1764 (D.M.I. de Papaveris Usu tam noxio quàm salutari in Parturientibus ac Puerperis. 8vo.), and was admitted a fellow of the College of Physicians of that city. Proceeding to London, he was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 1st October, 1764. He practised chiefly as an accoucheur, and attained to considerable eminence in that department. " He was extremely patient as long as patience was a virtue, and in cases of difficulty or of extreme danger he decided with quickness and great judgment, and he had always a mind sufficiently firm to enable his hands to execute that which his head had dictated." He was a fellow of the Royal and of the Antiquarian Societies, and physician to the British Lying-in hospital Dying on the 1st March, 1812, aged eighty, he was buried in Bunhill-fields. Dr. Garthshore was thought strikingly like the first earl of Chatham in person, and was sometimes mistaken for him. This likeness on one occasion produced a considerable sensation in the house of Commons—lord Chatham was pointed to as in the gallery, and all present believed him to be there. The person really in the gallery was Dr. Garthshore. (1) Dr. Garthshore’s portrait, by Slater, was engraved by Collyer. He was the author of—
On Extra Uterine Cases and Rapture of the Tubes and Uterus. 8vo. Lond. 1787.
On a Case of Numerous Births. 4to. Lond. 1787.

William Munk

[(1) Gent.Mag., vol. Ixxxii, p. 391]

(Volume II, page 259)

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