Lives of the fellows

Charles Lewis Meryon

b.1781 d.11 September 1877
AB Oxon(1806) AM(1809) MD(1817) FRCP(1821)

Charles Lewis Meryon, M.D., was descended from a Huguenot family of his name, long settled at Rye, in Sussex. He was born in that town, and educated at Merchant Taylors’ school, from whence he went to St. John’s college, Oxford, and as a member of that house proceeded A.B. 26th November, 1806, A.M. 18th December, 1809. He accumulated his degrees in physic, and proceeded M. D. 28th November, 1817. Dr. Meryon was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 26th June, 1820, and a Fellow 25th June, 1821. He studied medicine in London, and chiefly at St. Thomas’s hospital, where he was a pupil of Mr. Henry Cline, through whose recommendation he was engaged to attend Lady Hester Stanhope, in the capacity of medical attendant on a voyage to Sicily and the East. He embarked with Lady Hester in the early part of 1810, and after many wanderings in the course of seven years passed uninterruptedly in her service, and having seen her finally settled on Mount Lebanon, he returned to England in 1817, for the purpose of taking his medical degrees at Oxford.

At the end of a year or two Dr. Meryon, at Lady Hester Stanhope’s request, again visited Syria, but at her own suggestion again bade her adieu, as he then believed for the last time. He then engaged himself as domestic physician to Sir Gilbert Heathcote, but in 1827 resumed his place in Lady Hester’s establishment on Mount Lebanon. There he continued until August, 1838, when he finally left, and never again saw the extraordinary woman in whose service he had passed the best years of his life. Dr. Meryon died 11th September, 1877, aged ninety-six.

He was the author of—
Memoirs of the Lady Hester Stanhope, as related by herself in Conversations with her Physician, comprising her opinions, and anecdotes of some of the most remarkable persons of her time. 3 vols. 8vo. Lond. 1846.
Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope, forming the completion of her Memoirs. Narrated by her Physician. 3 vols. 8vo. Lond. 1846.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 234)

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