Lives of the fellows

Nathaniel Johnston

b.1627 d.1705
MD FRCP(1687)

Nathaniel Johnston, MD, was born in 1627, and was the eldest son of the Rev John Johnston, rector of Sutton on Derwent. He was a doctor of medicine, but of what university is not stated; was created a Fellow of the College of Physicians by the charter of James II, and was admitted as such 12th April, 1687. He practised for many years at Pontefract, co York, and was an indefatigable antiquary. He devoted about thirty years to amassing materials for the illustration of the antiquities and natural history of Yorkshire. His attention to these subjects diverted him from his profession, and his practice at Pontefract having rapidly diminished, he removed to London in 1686, where he died in much poverty in 1705. The greater part of his collections, extending to ninety-seven folio volumes, descended to his grandson, the Rev Henry Johnston, rector of Whilton, Northamptonshire, and were sold after his decease, in 1755, to Richard Frank, Esq. Dr Johnston had married Anne, daughter and co-heiress of Richard Cudworth, of Eastfield, co York, and by her had four sons, the eldest of whom, Cudworth Johnston, MD, born 21st September, 1654, was an eminent physician of the city of York. Peham Johnston, MD, his son, and grandson, therefore of Nathaniel Johnston, MD, will be mentioned in the 2nd volume.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 453)

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