Lives of the fellows

Christopher (Sir) Pegge

b.1764 d.3 August 1822
AB Oxon(1786) AM(1789) MB(1789) MD(1792) FRS(1795) FRCP(1796)

Sir Christopher Pegge, M.D., was descended from an old family in Derbyshire, but was born in London. He was the son of Samuel Pegge, esq., F.S.A., a barrister of the Middle Temple, one of the grooms of the privy chamber, and well known to the literary world by his "Curialia," "Anecdotes of the English Language,' and some other works. Sir Christopher Pegge was admitted a commoner of Christchurch, Oxford, in 1782; and took his degree of A.B. 23rd February, 1786; when, having been elected a fellow of Oriel college, he removed thither, and, as a member of that house, proceeded A.M. 10th June, 1789; M.B. 18th July, 1789. In 1790 he resigned his fellowship; was re-admitted at Christchurch; and, by the favour of the dean and chapter, was the same year appointed Lee's reader in anatomy. He proceeded M.D. 27th April, 1792; and was elected physician to the Radcliffe infirmary 9th November, 1790. He was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society in 1795; was knighted by George III in 1799; and was constituted Regius professor of physic in 1801. Sir Christopher Pegge was for many years the leading physician in Oxford, where he shared with Dr. Bourne the medical emoluments of the university and neighbourhood. In 1816, in consequence of a severe asthmatic affection, from which he had for some time suffered, and which about that period became much worse, he resigned his readership in anatomy, and, quitting Oxford as a permanent residence, removed to London. He had joined the College of Physicians shortly after taking his doctor’s degree, having been admitted a Candidate 25th June, 1795, and a Fellow 25th June, 1796. He delivered the Harveian oration in 1805; and now, on taking up his abode in London, was in 1817 appointed Censor. His asthmatic paroxysms becoming more and more severe, he was again compelled to change his abode; and giving up his house in George-street, Hanover-square, he removed to Hastings. He still, however, retained his Regius professorship; and, by occasional visits to Oxford during term time, regularly performed the duties of his office. On one of these occasions his malady attacked him with unusual severity; and he died at his lodgings, in the High-street, Oxford, 3rd August, 1822, in the fifty-eighth year of his age. Sir Christopher Pegge was master of Ewelme hospital, and his remains were interred in the south aisle of Ewelme church. Over him is a small marble slab, inscribed with his name, age, and the date of his death, but the inscription is even now nearly obliterated, and portions of it only are legible. His portrait, in the full dress of his degree, by T. Nevins, has been engraved.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 449)

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