Lives of the fellows

Clifton Wintringham

b.1689 d.12 March 1748
Ex LRCP(1711)

Clifton Wintringham, was the son of the Rev. William Wintringham, vicar of East Retford, co. York, by his wife Gertrude, the daughter of Clifton Rodes, of Sturton, son of Sir Francis Rodes, of Barlborough, bart. He was baptised at East Retford, 11th April, 1689. He was for some time at Jesus college, Cambridge ; but he left the university without taking a degree, either in arts or medicine. He was admitted an Extra-Licentiate of the College of Physicians 3rd July, 1711; and about that time settled at York, where he practised with the highest reputation and success for more than thirty-five years. He was appointed one of the physicians to the York County hospital in 1746. Dying at York 12th March, 1748, he was buried at St. Michael-le-Belfrey in that city three days later. He had married for his first wife Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Nettleton, of Earls Heaton, co. York, and had by her a son, Sir Clifton Wintringham, bart., an army physician and physician in ordinary to George III., to be mentioned subsequently. The elder Clifton Wintringham, the York physician, made his will 21st January, 1746-7, and added a codicil 6th February, 1747-8. It was proved 24th July, 1749. The delay was probably occasioned by his son’s continuance abroad: " My son Clifton is at present beyond the seas, attending his Majesty’s service."(1) His published works, which are full of good sense and practical information, are—
Tractatus de Podagra, in quo plurimæ de ultimis vasis et liquidis et succo nutritio propositæ sunt observationes. 8vo. Eboraci. 1714.
A Treatise of Endemic Diseases, explaining the different nature and properties of Airs, Situations, Soils, Water, Diet, &c. 1718.
An Essay on Contagious Diseases, more particularly on the Small Pox, Measles, Putrid, Malignant, and Pestilential Fevers. 8vo. York. 1721.
Observations on Dr. Friend’s History of Physick. 8vo. Lond. 1726.
Commentarius Nosologicus, morbos epidemicos et aëris varia-tiones in urbe Eboracensi locisque vicinis per viginti annos gras-santes complectens. 8vo. Lond. 1739.
These were collected and published, with large additions and emendations from the original MSS. In two volumes, 8vo. By his son, Sir Clifton Wintringham, M.D., F.R.S., in 1752.

William Munk

[(1) Information from the Rev. C. Best Robinson, of York, and John Sykes, M.D., of Doncaster]

(Volume II, page 34)

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