Lives of the fellows

Robert Chisholm

b.1786 d.29 August 1838
MD Edin(1808) LRCP(1815)

Robert Chisholm, M.D., was born in Dorsetshire, and took his degree of doctor of medicine at Edinburgh 12th September, 1808 (D.M.I. de Rheumatismo). He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 26th June, 1815, and about that time settled at Ashford, co. Kent, but eventually removed to Canterbury, and in 1823, on the death of Dr. Packe, was appointed physician to the Kent and Canterbury hospital. He shared with Dr. H. W. Carter, to be subsequently mentioned, the medical business and emoluments of Canterbury and a wide extent of the surrounding county, and was much esteemed by all classes.

During the latter years of his life he took a very active part in the politics of the city and county, and was president of the Conservative Association. Dr. Chisholm died 29th August, 1838, aged fifty-two, and is commemorated by a tablet in the nave of Canterbury cathedral, placed there by his friends and fellow-citizens. It bears the following inscription:—
To the Memory of
Robert Chisholm, Esq., M.D.,
formerly of Ashmore, in the county of Dorset, but late of
Canterbury,
where he practised many years as a physician generally,
and in the Kent and Canterbury hospital:
In this field of usefulness, his professional skill, and his general benevolence of heart, diffusing their effects through a large circle of rich and poor, have caused his loss to be felt as a public calamity.
This Tablet is erected by his Friends and fellow Citizens, who are
desirous of recording their sense of his worth.
Died 29th August, 1838, aged 52.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 134)

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