Lives of the fellows

John Nott

b.24 December 1751 d.1825
MD Ex LRCP(1789)

John Nott, M.D., was born at Worcester, 24th December, 1751. Of his general education but little is known; at an early period he evinced a taste for poetic composition, and is said to have made some happy translations from the Latin classics. He commenced his medical studies under Mr. Hector of Birmingham, and then removed to London, where he continued them under Sir Cæsar Hawkins. After a residence of some time in Paris, he travelled for two years on the continent, in medical charge of an invalid gentleman. In 1783 he went out as surgeon on board an East Indiaman, and was absent from England about three years. It was at this period that he learned Persian; and of his proficiency in that language he afterwards gave a convincing proof, in a beautiful and faithful translation of some of the "Odes of Hafiz." On his return to England, he attended his brother and family to the continent, whither they were obliged to go on account of health. He came back in 1788, when Dr. Warren urged him to graduate in medicine. He did so, but where is uncertain; and on the 8th October, 1789, was admitted an Extra-Licentiate of the College of Physicians; about which time, on Dr. Warren’s recommendation, he attended the duchess of Devonshire and lady Duncannon, as their physician, to the continent. With that family he remained connected, more or less, until 1793, when he settled at the Hotwells, Bristol, where he practised with distinguished reputation and success until disabled by hemiplegia. This confined him almost wholly to the house for the last eight years of his life. Dr. Nott died at Bristol in 1825, aged seventy-four, and was interred in the old burial-ground at Clifton. He was a voluminous writer, as the following list of his published works will testify:—
Alonzo; or, the Youthful Solitair: a poetic tale. 4to. 1772.
Basia; or, a poetic translation of the "Kisses of Johannes Secun-dus." 8vo. 1775.
Leonora; an Elegy on the Death of a Young Lady. 4to. 1775.
Sonnets and Odes from the Italian of Petrarch. 8vo. 1777.
Poems, consisting of Original Pieces and Translations. 8vo. 1780.
Heroic Epistle in Verse, from Mons. Vestris in London to Mdme. Heimel in France. 4to. 1781.
Propertii Monobiblos; or, the Book of the Elegies of Propertius, entitled " Cynthia." 8vo. 1782.
Select Odes from the Persian of Hafiz. 4to. 1787.
The Poems of Caius Valerius Catullus, in English verse, with the Latin Text versified, and Classical Notes. 2 vols. 8vo. 1794.
Belinda; or, the Kisses of Bonefonius of Auvergne. 8vo. 1797.
The First Book of Titus Carus Lucretius on the Nature of Things, with the Latin Text. 8vo. 1779.
The Lyrics of Horace, with the Latin Text revised. 2 vols. 8vo. 1803.
Sappho: after a Greek Romance. 12mo. 1802.
Petrarch: a selection from his Odes and Sonnets translated, with Notes. 8vo. 1808.
Select Poems from the Hesperides, or Works both Human and Divine of Robert Herrick.

His medical writings were—
A Treatise on the Hotwell Waters, near Bristol. 8vo. Lond. 1793.
A Chemical Dissertation on the Thermal Waters of Pisa, and on the neighbouring Acidulous Spring of Asciano, &c. To which are added, Analytical Papers respecting the Sulphureous Water of Yver-dun. 8vo. Lond. 1792.
A Posologic Companion to the Pharmacopoeia. 12mo. Lond. 1793.
On the Influenza as it prevailed in Bristol and its vicinity during 1803. 8vo. Bristol. 1803.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 397)

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