Lives of the fellows

Thomas Milner

b.1718 d.13 September 1797
MD St And(1740) LRCP(1760)

Thomas Milner, M.D., was the son of Dr. John Milner, the pastor of a congregation of Presbyterian dissenters at Peckham, where he for many years conducted a seminary with distinguished success and reputation. Our physician was a doctor of medicine of St. Andrew’s of 20th June, 1740; and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1760. He was appointed physician to St. Thomas’s hospital in 1759; but he resigned his office there in 1762, and then removed to Maidstone. In that town and neighbourhood he enjoyed a high reputation, and for many years was in the possession of a large and lucrative business. Notwithstanding his parentage and education Dr. Milner was a steady churchman, and was in the habit of marching to the parish church of Maidstone, gold headed cane in hand, with his three maiden sisters in single file behind him. He died at Maidstone, 13th September, 1797, in the seventy-ninth year of his age, and was buried in the church of All Saints, in that town, on the 20th. Dr. Milner was the author of
Experiments and Observations on Electricity. 8vo. Lond. 1783.

It was at his father’s school at Peckham that Oliver Goldsmith for some time acted as usher.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 229)

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