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Banks, Sir John Thomas (1816–1908), physician, was born on 14 October 1816 in London, the second son of Percival Banks (1764–1848), surgeon, of Ennis, co. Clare, Ireland, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Captain Thomas Ramsay. Percival Banks studied medicine at Rheims and ...

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Barker, Francis (1771/2–1859), physician, was born in Waterford, the eldest of six children of William Barker (1731–1788), apothecary, and Elizabeth, daughter of the Revd William Acheson, of Duncormuck, co. Wexford. William Barker was sheriff of Waterford from 1759 to 1763.

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Barry, John Milner (1768–1822), physician, was born at Kilgobbin, near Bandon, co. Cork, the eldest son of James Barry and his wife, Elizabeth Milner. He was educated at Bandon and at the University of Edinburgh, where he was awarded an MD degree in 1792 for a thesis on ascites. He then returned to ...

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Borlase, Edmund (c. 1620–1682), historian and physician, was one of three sons of Sir John Borlase (c. 1576–1648), a Cornishman who was appointed master-general of the ordnance in Ireland in 1634 and served as joint lord justice there from 1641 to 1644, and his wife, ...

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Browne, Patrick (c. 1720–1790), physician and botanist, was probably born at Woodstock, near Claremorris, co. Mayo, Ireland, the fourth son of Edward Browne, a local gentleman. He received a good education locally, and in 1737 was sent to live with a relative in ...

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Chamberlain [Chamberlen], Nathaniel (bap. 1612), linguist and physician, was the third son of the barber–surgeon Peter Chamberlen the younger (1572–1626) [see under Chamberlen family] and his wife, Sara, daughter of William Delaune (c. 1530–1611). He was baptized at the French church in ...

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Clancy, Michael (1703/4–1776), physician and playwright, was born in co. Clare, Ireland, the son of Daniel Clancy, physician. He was sent to school in Paris, where he attended the Collège de Navarre from about 1712 until 1716; he then ran away after an escapade in which he had played truant in order to glimpse the ...

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Crumpe, Samuel (1766–1796), physician, was born on 15 September 1766, the eldest of the six children of Daniel Crumpe, of Barleymount, near Killarney, co. Kerry, and his wife and cousin, Grace Orpen, also of co. Kerry. He matriculated at the University of Edinburgh...

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Dun, Sir Patrick (1642–1713), physician, was born on 13 January 1642 at Aberdeen, the second son of Charles Dun (d. 1667), dyer, and his second wife, Catherine Burnet. His great-uncle Dr Patrick Dun was principal of Marischal College, Aberdeen, and dean of the faculty of medicine; he also endowed ...

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Sir Jeremiah Fitzpatrick (c. 1740–1810) by William Barnard (after Samuel Drummond, 1801) by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Fitzpatrick, Sir Jeremiah (c. 1740–1810), physician and campaigner for prison reform, was born in Kilbeggan, co. Westmeath. His background and early years are shrouded in obscurity, but circumstantial evidence points to the conclusion that his parents, of whom nothing is known, were Catholic and that they were comfortably off. He received a medical education abroad and though his graduating institution has not been identified ...

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Robert James Graves (1796–1853) by John Kirkwood, pubd 1842 (after Charles Grey) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Graves, Robert James (1796–1853), physician, was born on 28 March 1796 in Holles Street, Dublin, the seventh of ten children of Richard Graves (1763–1829), and his wife, Elizabeth, née Drought. He received his early education in the diocesan school at Downpatrick, co. Down...

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Harty, William (1781–1854), physician, was born in Kilkenny, the son of Timothy Harty, gentleman. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a pensioner on 27 April 1797, became a scholar two years later, and graduated BA in 1801, MB in 1804, and MD in 1830, with a thesis on the ...

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Helsham, Richard (1683–1738), physician and natural philosopher, was probably born at Leggatsrath near the city of Kilkenny, the son of Joshua Helsham (d. c.1694), alderman and mayor of Kilkenny (1692–3), and Alicia Deane. He entered Kilkenny College on 20 January 1692 at the age of eight before matriculating at ...

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Kirkpatrick, Thomas Percy Claude (1869–1954), physician and medical historian, the second son of John Rutherfoord Kirkpatrick (d. 1889), king's professor of midwifery in the University of Dublin, and his wife, Catherine Drury, was born at 32 Rutland Square, Dublin, on 10 September 1869. The family later moved locally, to ...

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Charles Lucas (1713–1771) by James Macardell (after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1755) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lucas, Charles (1713–1771), politician and physician, was born on 16 September 1713 in co. Clare, a younger son of Benjamin Lucas (d. c.1727), a gentleman farmer of Ballingaddy, and Mary Blood. His great-grandfather, Lieutenant-Colonel Benjamin Lucas, was a Cromwellian officer who had been granted lands in ...

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Lynn, Kathleen (1874–1955), physician and political activist, was born on 28 January 1874 at Mullafarry, near Killala, co. Mayo, Ireland, the second of four children of Robert Lynn (d. 1923), an Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Katharine Wynne (d. 1915). By 1886 the family had moved to ...

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MacMunn, Charles Alexander (1852–1911), physician and spectroscopist, was born at Seafield House, Easkey, co. Sligo, Ireland, the son of James MacMunn, medical practitioner. MacMunn was educated at Dromore School and entered Trinity College, Dublin, in November 1867. He graduated BA in 1871, MB in 1872, and proceeded MD in 1875 and MA in 1884. After taking his primary medical degree in 1872 he went as an assistant to his cousin ...