Lives of the fellows

Robert Nairne

b.1804 d.5 November 1886
MD Cantab FRCP(1838)

Robert Nairne was educated at Edinburgh, Trinity College, Cambridge, and St. George’s Hospital. His main appointment, after graduating as M.D. of Cambridge, was that of physician to St. George’s in 1839. He was later lecturer on medicine to the Hospital. He was a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians. In 1857, although lacking experience in care of the insane, he was made a Commissioner in Lunacy, a post that he occupied until his retirement on pension in 1883, when he was appointed an honorary member of the Board of Commissioners. Reserved, cautious, patient in character, and a stickler for etiquette, he was admirably suited to be a Government servant. He died at Beckenham.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1886; B.M.J., 1886]

(Volume IV, page 19)

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