Lives of the fellows

John Robert Hume

b.1781 d.1 March 1857
MD St And(1819) DCL Oxon(1834) FRCP(1836)

John Robert Hume, M.D., was born in Renfrewshire. He attended the medical classes at Glasgow in 1795,1798, and 1799, and those of Edinburgh in 1796-7, and then entered the medical department of the army, and ultimately attained the rank of deputy inspector of army hospitals. He served with distinction in the Peninsula, and during that period was surgeon to the duke of Wellington, with whom he continued on the most intimate relations to the last.

On the 12th January,1816, he was created doctor of medicine by the university of St. Andrew’s, and on the 22nd December, 1819, was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians, when he settled in London. Dr. Hume was private physician to the duke of Wellington, and as physician to the duke, then chancellor of the university, was created doctor of civil law at Oxford 13th June, 1834.

He was admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians 9th July, 1836, was appointed one of the metropolitan commissioners in lunacy 1st September, 1836, and died at his house in Curzon-street, 1st March, 1857, in the seventy-sixth year of his age.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 212)

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