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revised by Michael Bevan

Bland, Robert (1740–1816), man-midwife, was born at King's Lynn, Norfolk, the son of David Bland, an attorney in the town, and was educated at the London hospitals. He married some time about 1774; the classical scholar Robert Bland (1779?–1825) and the politician William Bland (1789–1868)...

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Blegborough, Ralph (1769–1827), physician and man-midwife, was born on 3 April 1769 at Richmond, Yorkshire, where his father, Henry Blegborough, was a surgeon. He was educated at the grammar school of his native town, and, after acting for some time as apprentice to his father, continued his medical studies first at the ...

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Chapman, Edmund (d. 1738), man-midwife, is known to have practised at South Halstead in Essex, although nothing is known of his early life. He is remembered for publishing the first full account of the midwifery forceps in his An Essay on the Improvement of Midwifery, Chiefly with Regard to the Operation...

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G. T. Bettany

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Clarke, Sir Charles Mansfield, first baronet (1782–1857), accoucheur, son of John Clarke (1740–1790), obstetrician and surgeon, of Chancery Lane, London, and Biddy, daughter of William Mansfield, and brother of John Clarke (bap. 1760, d. 1815), was born on 28 May 1782, probably in ...

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Conquest, John Tricker (bap. 1789, d. 1866), man-midwife, was baptized on 25 November 1789 at Clover Street Independent Chapel, Chatham, Kent, the son of a Dr Conquest of Chatham. He entered medical training at an early age, qualifying as MRCS at the age of eighteen. He was appointed assistant surgeon to the military medical depot, ...

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John Tricker Conquest (bap. 1789, d. 1866) by Maxim Gauci (after R. W. Warren) Wellcome Library, London

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Croft, Sir Richard, sixth baronet (1762–1818), physician and man-midwife, was born on 9 January 1762, the youngest of eleven children of Herbert Croft (1717/18–1785), clerk to the court of chancery and later receiver and treasurer in the Charterhouse, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of ...

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Denman, Thomas (1733–1815), man-midwife, was born at Bakewell, Derbyshire, on 27 June 1733, the second son and third child of John Denman, apothecary, and his wife, Elizabeth. After early education at the free school in Bakewell, Denman became assistant to his elder brother, who had succeeded to their father's business. In 1753 ...

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Norman Moore

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Douglas, Andrew (1735/6–1806), physician and man-midwife, was born in Teviotdale, Roxburghshire, and educated at the University of Edinburgh. He began work as a surgeon in the navy in 1756, and later practised at Deal before returning to Edinburgh in 1775 where he graduated MD. He settled in ...

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Douglas, James (bap. 1675, d. 1742), anatomist and man-midwife, was the third child of a family of eight sons, four of whom became fellows of the Royal Society, and five daughters of William Douglas (d. 1705), of Baads, West Calder, 5 miles...

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Ferguson, Robert (1799–1865), physician and accoucheur, was born in India on 15 November 1799, the son of Robert Ferguson of Glen Islay, Perthshire, of the Indian Civil Service, and great-nephew of the historian Adam Ferguson. He went to school in Croydon under Alexander Crombie (1762–1840)...

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G. T. Bettany

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Garthshore, Maxwell (1732–1812), physician accoucheur, was born at Kirkcudbright on 28 October 1732, the son of Barbara Gordon and her husband, George Garthshore (1687/8–1760), for fifty years minister in Kirkcudbright. After being educated at the Kirkcudbright grammar school he was apprenticed to a surgeon apothecary in ...

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Giffard, William (d. 1731), man-midwife, about whose early life nothing is known, practised in Brentwood, Essex, before moving to Westminster, London, in 1724. From 1725 he began recording some of his midwifery cases, with a view to publication. Giffard recorded the use of the forceps from 8 April 1726. He called them his 'extractor'. The blades were straight, not conforming to the pelvis though curved to fit the foetal head, whereas those depicted by ...

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Hamilton, Sir David (1663–1721), man-midwife and physician, was born in Lanarkshire, the tenth and youngest son of James Hamilton, laird of Boggs and Dalzell, and his third wife, Isobell. He matriculated at the University of Leiden on 30 October 1683, leaving there between 1685 and 1686 to graduate MD of the ...

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Charles Creighton

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Hamilton, William (1758–1790), surgeon and man-midwife, born at Glasgow on 31 July 1758, was the son of Thomas Hamilton (1728–1782), professor of anatomy and botany, and Isabel Anderson, daughter of a former professor of church history. From the grammar school he went to ...

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William Hunter (1718–1783) by Allan Ramsay, c. 1764 © Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

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Hunter, William (1718–1783), physician, anatomist, and man-midwife, was born on 23 May 1718 at Long Calderwood, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, the seventh of ten children of John Hunter (d. 1741), farmer, and Agnes (d. 1751), a woman of wide education, daughter of ...

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Norman Moore

revised by Michael Bevan

Ingram, Dale (bap. 1710, d. 1793), surgeon and man-midwife, the son of William Ingram and his wife, Catherine, was baptized at Spalding, Lincolnshire on 10 September 1710. He was apprenticed and studied in the country before entering practice as a surgeon and man-midwife at ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Layard, Daniel Peter (1721–1802), man-midwife and physician, was the son of Major Layard. On 9 March 1742 he graduated MD at Rheims. In April 1747 he was appointed man-midwife-in-ordinary to the Middlesex Hospital, London, but resigned in 1749 over a dispute concerning the enlargement of the lying-in ward, which caused a split among the hospital's governors. ...