Lives of the fellows

Francis (Sir) Milman

b.1746 d.24 June 1821
AB Oxon(1764) AM(1767) MB(1770) MD(1776) FRCP(1778) BD(1778)

Sir Francis Milman, Bart., M.D., was the son of a clergyman, and was born in Devonshire in 1746. He was sent to Exeter college, Oxford, and as a member of that house proceeded A.B. 9th May, 1764; A.M. 14th January, 1767; M.B. 7th July, 1770; and M.D. 23rd November, 1776. In May, 1771, he was elected one of the Radcliffe travelling fellows; and whilst abroad, in compliance with the conditions of his fellowship, was called into attendance on the duke of Gloucester at Rome. Dr. Milman was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1777; and a Fellow 30th September, 1778. He would seem about this period to have had some idea of quitting the medical profession and entering the church, for in September, 1779, he resigned his office of physician to the Middlesex hospital, to which he had been elected in 1777; and on the 10th November, 1778, took the degree of bachelor of divinity at Oxford. The intention, however, if seriously entertained, was speedily given up, and by the patronage of the duke of Gloucester he was soon introduced into good practice. In 1785 he was appointed physician extraordinary to the king’s household; and in 1796 joint physician to the household. He was created a baronet in 1800, and about the same time physician extraordinary to the king, shortly afterwards physician in ordinary to the queen, and in 1806 physician in ordinary to the king. Sir Francis Milman was Censor in 1779, 1784, 1788, 1794, 1799; Croonian lecturer in 1781; and Harveian orator in 1782. He was named an Elect 30th July, 1798, in place of his fellow countryman, Sir George Baker, resigned; and was elected President in 1811, an office which he filled for two years, resigning it on the 6th October, 1813. Sir Francis Milman died at his seat, Pinner grove, Middlesex, 24th June, 1821, in the seventy-fifth year of his age, and was buried in the old church at Chelsea. He was the author of
Animadversiones de Natura Hvdropis ejusque Curatione. 8vo. Lond. 1799.
On the Source of the Scurvy and Putrid Fever. 8vo. Lond. 1782.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 316)

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