Lives of the fellows

Anthony Relhan

b.1715 d.Oct 1776
AB Dublin(1735) MD(1743) FRCP(1764)

Anthony Relhan, M.D., was educated at Trinity college, Dublin. He was entered a scholar there in 1734; proceeded A.B. in the spring of 1735, and on the 15th October, 1740, being then twenty-five years old, entered himself on the physic line at Leyden. Returning to Dublin, he graduated doctor of medicine there, 12th July, 1743; and in October, 1747, was admitted a fellow of the King and Queen’s College of Physicians of Ireland, of which learned body he was president in 1755. He held the office of physician to Mercers’ hospital, and would seem to have occupied a distinguished position among the physicians of the Irish capital Having however about the year 1758 prescribed James’s powder, the members of the college over which he had so recently presided, resented this encouragement given to a quack medicine and refused to join with Dr. Relhan in consultation. He then opened a correspondence with Dr. James, and by his advice was induced to leave Dublin for England. The death of Dr. Russell in December, 1759, leaving an opening for a physician at Brighton, Dr. Relhan proceeded to fill it, and by his exertions and abilities maintained and augmented the reputation which Brighton was then attaining for invalids. In 1762 or 1763 he removed to London, and having, according to our Annals, been incorporated at Cambridge on his doctor’s degree, he was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1763; and a Fellow 25th June, 1764; was Censor in 1765 and 1771; Gulstonian lecturer in 1765; and Harveian orator in 1770. Dr. Relhan died in October, 1776, and was interred in the burial ground in Paddington-street, Marylebone. Dr. Relhan was twice married. By his first wife he had a son, Richard, who graduated A.B. at Cambridge in 1776, as a member of Trinity college, and entered into holy orders; and a daughter. His second wife was the widow of Sir William Hart, a banker, in London. This lady had built herself a house in East-street, Brighton, for her summer residence, and there Dr Relhan and she annually passed some months of the bathing season until his death. The doctor’s widow continued her occasional residence there until 1786, when she disposed of the property. Dr. Relhan published—
A Short History of Brighthelmston, its Air and its Waters. 8vo. Lono. 1761.
Refutation of the Reflections against Inoculation. 4to. Lond. 1764.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 257)

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