Lives of the fellows

Robert Conny

b.1645 d.25 May 1713
AB Oxon(1676) AM(1679) MB(1682) MD(1685) FRCP(1693)

Robert Conny, MD, was born at Rochester, and was the son of John Conny, a surgeon, and twice mayor of that city. He was educated at Magdalen college, Oxford, and as a member of that house proceeded AB 8th June, 1676; AM 3rd May, 1679; MB 2nd May, 1682; and MD 9th July, 1685. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 21st March, 1691-2; was immediately afterwards appointed, by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, physician to the sick and wounded put on shore at Deal; and was admitted a Fellow of the College the day after Palm Sunday, 1693. He contributed some papers to the Philosophical Transactions and is said to have improved the operation of lithotomy – “artem lithotomiæ amplificavit et perfecit.”

Dying 25th May, 1713, aged 68, he was buried in Rochester cathedral, where there was erected a monument to his memory, with the following inscription:-
Viri ornatissimi ROBERTI CONNY, apud Oxonienses suos Doctoris in Medicinâ gradu honestati, apud Londinenses Collegii Regalis Medicorum sodalitio adscripti, Johannis Conny, Chirurgi, hujus civitatis bis Majoris, filii unici, Roberti Conny de Godmanchester in agro Huntingtoniensi gen: nepotis, hinc infra depositæ sunt exuviæ - quem vivum omnes amabant, fovebant, amplexabuntur – vitâ defunctum nunc merito lugent: Etenim is erat qui candore, urbanitate, benevolentiâ, hospitio, morum facilitate, omnes sibi devinxerat: omnibus dum vixit charus, commodus, jucundus, omnibus sui desiderium moriens reliquit. Artis Medicæ non inauspicato operam navavit, quam per XL annos feliciter exercuit, aliis quàm sibi utilius, omnes enim demereri maluit quàm merendi mercedem referre. Uxorem duxit Franciscam, Rìchardi Mauley de Holloway Court, Arm: filiam,
Quæ obiit 5/Ille vero 25 die Maii AD MDCCXIII. Æt 56/68.

The doctor’s portrait is on the staircase of the Bodleian library, Oxford, and there is another in the president’s lodgings, Magdalen college.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 497)

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