Lives of the fellows

William (Sir) Beatty

b.? d.25 March 1842
MD St And(1817) LRCP(1817) FRS(1818)

Sir William Beatty, M.D., was educated as a surgeon and in that capacity entered the navy and saw much service in all climes. He was surgeon to the Victory and had the melancholy satisfaction of being officially present during the last moments of the hero of Trafalgar, his "Authentic Narrative" of which was published 8vo. 1808. He possessed the bullet that killed Nelson, which he kept in a crystal case mounted in gold. Sir William Beatty was a doctor of medicine of St. Andrew’s of 14th October, 1817, and a Licentiate of the College of Physicians of 22nd December,1817. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society 30th April, 1818, and was knighted by king William IV, 25th May, 1831. He was appointed physician to Greenwich hospital in 1806 and resigned that office in 1840. He died in York-place, Portman-square, 25th March,1842.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 177)

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