Lives of the fellows

Edward (Sir) Wilmot

b.29 October 1693 d.21 November 1787
AB Cantab(1714) AM(1718) MD(1725) FRCP(1726) FRS(1729/30)

Sir Edward Wilmot, Bart., M.D., was descended from a family which was settled at Sutton-upon-Soar, in the county of Nottingham, soon after the Norman conquest, and removed thence into Derbyshire about the year 1539. He was the second son of Robert Wilmot, of Chaddesden, co. Derby, esquire, and was born 29th October, 1693. He was educated at St. John’s college, Cambridge, of which house he was a fellow, and he proceeded A.B. 1714; A.M. 1718; M.D. 1725.(1) He then settled in London; was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1725; and a Fellow 30th September, 1726. He was Censor in 1729 and 1741; and delivered the Harveian oration in 1735. He was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society 29th January, 1729-30. He married Sarah, the eldest daughter of Dr. Mead, and through his influence was appointed physician to St. Thomas’s hospital. In April, 1731, he was appointed physician extraordinary to the queen, and soon afterwards physician in ordinary to her Majesty, and to Frederick prince of Wales. After the queen’s death he was appointed physician in ordinary to king George II, and in 1740 physician-general to the forces. He was created a baronet 17th February, 1759, and on the accession of king George III was appointed one of his physicians in ordinary; but about this time he retired from practice and withdrew from London. He resided for some time at Nottingham; but finding it too cold for his age and constitution, he removed to Heringston, in the neighbourhood of Dorchester, co. Dorset, where he died 21st November, 1787, when he had more than completed his ninety-third year. He was buried in the parish church of Monkton, and is commemorated by the following inscription:—
Sacred to the Memory of
Sir Edward Wilmot, Bart., M.D.
He married Sarah Marsh,
daughter of Richard Mead, M.D.,
by whom he left one son,
Sir Robert Mead Wilmot, Baronet,
and two daughters, Ann and Jane.
He died at Heringston, in the county of Dorset,
the 21st day of November, 1787, aged 93,
and was interred by his own express directions in the parish church of Monkton, in the said county,
near his beloved wife, who died
the 11th day of September, 1785, aged 83.

William Munk

[(1) He graduated as George Edward Wilmot]

(Volume II, page 106)

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