Lives of the fellows

Robert Bourne

b.1761 d.23 December 1829
MAB Oxon(1781) AM(1784) MD(1786) MD(1787) FRCP(1790)

Robert Bourne, M.D., was born at Shrawley, in Worcestershire, in 1761, and educated at the grammar school of Bromsgrove in that county, whence he was elected to a scholarship, and eventually to a fellowship in Worcester college, Oxford. He proceeded A.B. 26th April, 1781; A.M. 1st April, 1784; M.B. 15th July, 1786; M.D, 6th June, 1787. He was elected physician to the Radcliffe infirmary 11th July, 1787; was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1789; and a Fellow, 30th September, 1790. He delivered the Harveian oration in 1797. Dr. Bourne was appointed reader of chemistry in the university of Oxford, on the resignation of Dr. Beddoes, in 1794; Aldrichian professor of physic in 1803; and lord Lichfield’s professor of clinical medicine in 1824. He died at Oxford, after a long illness, 23rd December, 1829, aged sixty-nine, and is commemorated by the following inscription in the chapel of Worcester college:—

Robertus Bourne M.D.
apud Shrawley in agro Vigorniensi natus A.D. MDCCLXI.
In schola Bromsgroviensi eductus,
intra hasce ædes receptus est alumnus a.d. MDCCLXXVII;
mox in Sociorum ordinem adscriptus,
per aliquot annos literis quibus ipse haud leviter imbutus fuerat,
summa cum laude publicè docebat.
Londinum profectus diligentissimè medicinam excolluit,
adeo ut oculos principum tum temporis medicorum,
inter quos,Vir ille egregius Georgius Baker præcipue numerandus est,
in se converterit.
Academiam reversus Artem Medendi
per quadraginta annos ita factitavit,
ut non modo apud familiares et vicinos,
sed apud plurimos Collegii Regalis Londinensis Socios
primarius judicatus fuerit.
Mortuus apud omnes desiderium sui reliquit;
Quippe qui jam inde ab adolescentiâ fuerit
imprimis liberalis, simplex, modestus, fidus:
In arte exercenda, donatus indonatus,
sibi parcere nescius,
aliis impenso deditus,
ingenio sagacissimus, moribus admodum suavis;
quibus dotibus, illa longe optima dos accessit
pietas erga Deum.
Vitam utilissimam et recordatu dulcissimam,
mors placida consecuta est
xxiii die Decembris AD MDCCCXXIX.
Artis Chemicæ Praelector A.D. MDCCXCIV
Professor Aldrichianus Medicinæ Praxeos AD MDCCIII
Professor Clinicus AD MDCCCXXIV.

He was the author of—

An Introductory Lecture to a Course of Chemistry. 8vo. Oxford. 1797.
Cases of Pulmonary Consumption treated with Uva Ursi; to which are added some Practical Remarks. 8vo. Oxford. 1805.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 401)

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