Lives of the fellows

Pinkstan James

b.1766 d.14 July 1830
MD Edin(1787) LRCP(1799)

Pinkstan James, M.D., was born in London, and was the third son of Dr. Robert James, the inventor of the well-known "fever powders." He was educated at Merchant Taylors’ school, and commenced active life as a midshipman in the royal navy. He was on board the Invincible during the engagement in which the Spanish admiral Langara was defeated and taken. From the Invincible he was removed to the Pegasus frigate, captain Stanhope, and whilst with her saw much service in the West Indies. On his return to England he quitted the navy, and, proceeding to Edinburgh, commenced the study of physic. He graduated doctor of medicine in that university 12th September, 1787 (D.M.I. de Ictero); and, eventually settling in London, was admitted a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians 25th June, 1799. Dr. James was physician to the parochial infirmary of St. George’s, Hanover-square, and physician extraordinary to the Prince Regent. He died of apoplexy, at the house of his son, near Evreux, 14th July, 1830, aged sixty-four.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 466)

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