Lives of the fellows

David (Sir) Hamilton

b.1663 d.28 August 1721
Paris MD(1686) LRCP(1688) FRCP(1703) FRS(1708)

Sir David Hamilton, M.D., was a native of Scotland. On the 30th October, 1683, being then twenty years of age, he entered on the physic line at Leyden. He graduated doctor of medicine in the university of Paris (D.M.I. de Passione Hysterica, 4to. 1686), and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 9th April, 1688. On the 25th June, 1703, being then physician in ordinary to the queen, he was admitted a Fellow of the College. He was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society 5th May, 1708. Sir David Hamilton was the leading practitioner of midwifery in the metropolis, and is said to have amassed in the exercise of his profession a fortune of 8O,OOOl., all of which was lost in one year, 1720, in the South Sea scheme.(1) " He was," says Daniel Turner, " better qualified for the Chirurgical operation of delivery than the medical province of prescription." (2) He lived in Bow-lane, and died 28th August, 1721, being then physician to the princess of Wales.

He was the author of—
Tractatus duplex; prior de Praxeos Regulis; alter de Febre Miliari. 8vo. Lond. 1710;
and of some pamphlets of a religious tendency. In " The Private Christian’s Witness to the Truth of Christianity," he represents it as the matter of his frequent experience, that future events were pointed out to him in the course of his praying, in such a manner that he could judge as to the success he should have in his undertakings.

William Munk

[(1) Houston’s Memoirs of his own Lifetime. 8vo. Lond. 1653, p. 82.
(2) " Vitæ integritate spectabilis, literis doctus, et in arte suâ peritus extitit David Hamilton, Medicus Annæ reginæ. Vir quam maxime benignus, pauperes ægrotos saepe visitavit, et non solum remedia praescripsit, sed quidquid, arte suâ, die Dominica acquisivit iis liberaliter largitus est; facinus eo magis laude dignum, quod non gloriose sed quam privatim, actum sit." Oratio Harveiana habita 18 Octobris, 1775, Auctore Donaldo Monro, M.D.]

(Volume II, page 12)

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