Lives of the fellows

Richard Pritchard Smith

b.1794-5 d.1 October 1867
MB Cantab(1817) MD(1825) FRCP(1826)

Richard Pritchard Smith, son of Richard Smith, rector of Marston in Yorkshire, was born at Castle Bromwich and educated at Repton and Caius College, Cambridge. He took the degrees of M. B. in 1817 and M. D. in 1825, and then settled in Reading, where he established himself as a leading consultant, held office as president of the Pathological Society from 1841 to 1853, and helped to promote the Great Western Railway, of which he was a director. In 1853 he retired to a large country house at Mortimer in the same neighbourhood. He married firstly Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Breton, by whom he had three sons and two daughters, and secondly in 1839 Katherine, daughter of Sir Nathaniel Dukinfield. One of his sons was the celebrated Goldwin Smith, professor of modern history at Oxford. Smith died at Mortimer.

G H Brown

[J. B. Hurry, Hist. of the Reading Pathological Society, 1909, 55; D.N.B., 2nd Suppl., iii, 328 (Life of Goldwin Smith); Biog.Hist.of Caius College, ii, 156]

(Volume IV, page 1)

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