Lives of the fellows

Gilbert Thompson

b.1729 d.1 January 1803
MD Edin(1753) LRCP(1770)

Gilbert Thompson, M.D., was born in Lancashire, and for many years kept a well-frequented school in the neighbourhood of Lancaster, on retiring from which he went to Edinburgh, applied himself to the study of medicine, and proceeded M.D. 8th June, 1753 (D.M.I. de Exercitatione). He then came to London, but meeting with little encouragement as a practitioner, he for a time attended a boarding-school at Tottenham, in the capacity of writing master, and subsequently became a dispensing assistant to Mr. Bevan, the druggist. About the year 1765 his uncle, Gilbert Thompson, of Penketh, died and left him four thousand pounds. He then commenced practice as a physician in the city, and eventually attained to a fair proportion of business. He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1770; and died at his house in Salter’s-court, Cannon-street, 1st January, 1803, aged seventy-four. Dr. Thompson was a Quaker, and is represented as a man of great integrity, of mild and unassuming manners, and possessed of considerable learning and professional skill. He was the intimate friend of Dr. Fothergill, and the author of a biographical memoir of that physician. Dr. Thompson published shortly before his death, "Select Translations from Homer and Horace, with Original Poems." 8vo. Lond. 1802.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 290)

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