Lives of the fellows

Christopher Nugent

b.? d.12 October 1775

Christopher Nugent, M.D. — An Irishman, and a doctor of medicine, but of what university is not stated, had practised for several years with success at Bath, but then settled in London and on the 25th June, 1765, was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians. He was one of the Johnsonian clique, and one of the original nine members of the Literary club formed by Johnson and Sir Joshua Reynolds, which met at the Turk’s Head in Gerard-street every Monday evening. " Dr. Nugent," writes Sir John Hawkins, " was a physician of the Romish communion, and rising into practice with persons of that persuasion. He was an ingenious, sensible, and learned man of easy conversation and elegant manners. Johnson had a high opinion of him and always spoke of him in terms of respect." (1) He was a fellow of the Royal Society and died in Suffolk-street, Strand, 12th October, 1775. His daughter, Jane Mary, became the wife of Edmund Burke. We have from his pen—
An Essay on Hydrophobia. 8vo. Lond. 1753.

William Munk

[(1) Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. 2nd edition, p. 415]

(Volume II, page 268)

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