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Banister, Richard (c. 1570–1626), oculist, whose precise date and place of birth are unknown, was the son of Gabriel Banister. He was one of four brothers, two of whom died early, all apprenticed to surgeons or barber–surgeons. His grandfather was John Banister of ...

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Bowman, Sir William, first baronet (1816–1892), ophthalmic surgeon and anatomist, was born at Sweetbriar Hall, Hospital Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, on 20 July 1816, the third of the four sons (there was one daughter) of John Eddowes Bowman the elder (1785–1841), a banker as well as botanist and fellow of the ...

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Briggs, William (c. 1650–1704), physician and oculist, born at Norwich, was the second of the seven sons (there was one daughter) of Elizabeth Aldrige and Augustine Briggs (c.1618–1684). The family was prominent in Norwich; Augustine Briggs served as alderman and mayor, and was MP for the city on four occasions. ...

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Collins, Sir William Job (1859–1946), ophthalmic surgeon and politician, was born on 9 May 1859 at 46 Gloucester Road, Regent's Park, London, the eldest of the four children of William Job Collins (1818–1884), surgeon and pharmacist, and his wife, Mary Anne Francisca Treacher (1824–1880)...

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Elder, Sir (William) Stewart Duke- (1898–1978), ophthalmic surgeon, was born on 22 April 1898 in Dundee, the second of three sons of Neil Stewart Elder of Tealing, a minister of the United Free Church of Scotland, and his wife, Isabella, daughter of John Duke...

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Grant, Roger (d. 1724), oculist, whose origins are unknown, enlisted as a soldier in the German emperor's service, in which he lost an eye. This misfortune he considered to qualify him to treat others with defective sight. He set up in London as an oculist, in ...

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Read, Sir William (d. 1715), itinerant oculist, was the son of an illiterate shoemaker in Halesworth, Suffolk. He was a man of little education, who flamboyantly advertised his medical and surgical skill, becoming the object of both high honours and considerable lampooning. Through self-promotion and the publication of handbills he established a well-placed ...

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Robertson, Douglas Moray Cooper Lamb Argyll (1837–1909), ophthalmic surgeon, born in Edinburgh, was the son of John Argyll Robertson (1798–1855), surgeon and lecturer in the extra-academical school of medicine and president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1846. His father took a special interest in ophthalmic surgery and was one of the founders of the ...

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Stallard, Hyla Bristow (1901–1973), ophthalmologist, was born at 25 Nellclose Place, Leeds, on 28 April 1901, the eldest of three sons (there were no daughters) of Hyla Holden Stallard, bank manager, and his wife, Eveline Bessie, née Walsh. He was educated at Sherborne School...

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Taylor, John (1703–1772), itinerant oculist, the elder son of John Taylor (d. c.1709), a Norwich surgeon and apothecary, was born in Norwich on 16 August 1703. He came from a family which produced medical men for at least five generations. In 1722 he became an apothecary's assistant in ...