Lives of the fellows

Charles Chauncey

b.? d.25 December 1777
MB Cantab(1734) MD(1739) FRCP(1740) FRS

Charles Chauncey, M.D., was a grandson of Ichabod Chauncey, an Extra-Licentiate of the College before mentioned, and the eldest son of Mr. Charles Chauncey, citizen of London, by his wife Martha, the daughter of Philip Brown, esq., of New Beckenham. Educated at one of the public city schools, he proceeded thence in 1727 to Corpus Christi college, Cambridge, as a member of which he graduated M.B. in 1734, M.D. in 1739. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 1st October, 1739, and a Fellow 30th September, 1740. He was Censor in 1746. He died s. p. 25th December, 1777, and was buried in St. Peter’s church, Cornhill. Dr. Chauncey was a fellow of the Royal and Antiquarian societies. He left a very valuable library, which devolved on his brother, Nathaniel Chauncey, himself an ardent collector of books. The united libraries of the two brothers, both "very able scholars and able bibliomaniacs," was sold at auction, by Leigh and Sotheby, in April, 1790. To Dr. Chauncey the College are indebted for the fine paintings of Sir Samuel Garth and Dr. Mead,—the one in the Censors’ room, the other in the dining-room. For the former, thanks were voted 30th September, 1763; for the latter, 25th June, 1759. Dr. Chauncey’s portrait, by Cotes, was engraved by C. Watson.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 145)

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