Lives of the fellows

Clifton (Sir) Wintringham

b.1710 d.10 January 1794
MB Cantab(1734) FRS(1742/3) MD(1749) FRCP(1763)

Sir Clifton Wintringham, Bart., M.D., was born at York in 1710, and was the son of Clifton Wintringham, an eminent physician of that city, by his first wife Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Nettleton, of East Heaton, co. York. He was educated at Trinity college, Cambridge, as a member of which he proceeded M.B. in 1734, and then entered the medical service of the army. He was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society 13th January, 1742-3, proceeded doctor of medicine at Cambridge in 1749; and was appointed physician to the duke of Cumberland, and physician-general to the army. In 1762 he was gazetted physician in ordinary to George the 'Third. He was knighted the same year; and on the 25th of June, 1763, in sequel to being physician in ordinary to the king, was admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians. He served the office of Censor in 1770; and was created a baronet in 1774. In 1773 he published in two volumes a handsome edition of Mead’s "Monita et Præcepta Medica permultis annotationibus et observationibus illustrata," a really valuable practical work, embodying the ripe experience of two of our soundest practical physicians. His object, and to it he had devoted much time and attention, was to illustrate, confirm, and render more precise and useful Mead’s latest and most matured work. Sir Clifton Wintringham died, after a lingering illness, at his house in the Upper Mall, Hammersmith, on the 10th January, 1794, at the advanced age of eighty-three. A monument to his memory was erected in Westminster abbey, with the following inscription:—
Memoriæ sacrum
Cliftoni Wintringham, Baronetti, M.D.
Qui domi, militiæque,
tam in re medicâ insignis,
quam ob vitæ innocentiam morumque suavitatem
percharus, fiebilis omnibus.
Obiit 10 Jan. a.d. 1794, t. suæ 83.
Monumentum hoc,
amoris quo vivum coluerat maritum,
desiderii quo mortuum prosecuta est,
indicium ut esset diuturnum extrui curavit
Anna Wintringham.

Sir Clifton Wintringham was a foreign fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine of Paris. "He was a man of liberal education, of extensive classical attainments, and of great skill and judgment in his profession. In domestic life he was affable and endearing; in conversation polite, lively, and entertaining; and in his friendship steady and affectionate." Haller (1) says of him "Vir acuti ingenii, iatro-mathematicus et experi-mentis feliciter usus atque ratiocinio." He published—
An Experimental Inquiry concerning some parts of the Animal Structure. 8vo. Lond. 1740.
An Inquiry into the Exility of the Vessels of the Human Body. 8vo. Lond. 1743.
The Works of the late Clifton Wintringham, physician at York; now first collated and published entire, with large Additions from the Original Documents. 2 vols. 8vo. Lond. 1752.
De Morbis quibusdam Commentarii. 8vo. Lond. 1782.

William Munk

[(1) Biblioth. Anat. Ii, 324]

(Volume II, page 250)

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