b.24 August 1844 d.11 September 1917
VD MD Edin LRCS Edin FRCP(1880) JP
John Roberts Thomson was born at Slateford near Edinburgh and educated in Edinburgh. He qualified from the University in 1865 and then served in a house appointment in the Royal Infirmary. In 1866 he settled in Bournemouth and within a few years was elected physician to the Royal National Sanatorium. Bournemouth, although already recognised as a health resort, was still little more than a village. In its development into a prosperous town, Roberts Thomson played an influential part. He helped to establish a cottage hospital, to which, as the Royal Victoria Hospital, he afterwards became consulting physician. He presided over the B.M.A. at its meeting at Bournemouth in 1891. He was one of the founders of the local elementary schools and chairman of the board of governors of Bournemouth School. He was an alderman on Hampshire county council. A keen member of the Volunteer movement, which he joined in 1883, he commanded the 4th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment when it was reviewed by the Queen in 1899, and during the Boer War organised three active sections, one of which went to South Africa under the command of his son. He was given the freedom of Bournemouth in 1913. Alpine climbing was his favourite recreation. He was a strong churchman and president of the Bournemouth branch of the Y.M.C.A. Roberts Thomson was twice married and had three sons and a daughter. He died at Bournemouth.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1917; B.M.J., 1917]
(Volume IV, page 277)
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