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Fothergill, John (1712–1780), physician and naturalist, was born on 8 March 1712 at Carr End, a moorland farm near Bainbridge, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, the third son of eight children of John Fothergill (1676–1745), Quaker preacher and farmer, and his first wife, Margaret Hough (1677–1719)...

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John Fothergill (1712–1780) by Valentine Green, pubd 1781 (after Gilbert Stuart, 1781) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Sims, John (1749–1831), physician and botanist, was the son of Robert Courthope Sims, a member of the Society of Friends, who for sixty years practised as a physician at Dunmow, Essex, and was the author of An Essay on the Nature and Constitution of Man...

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Woodville, William (1752–1805), physician and botanist, was born at Cockermouth in Cumberland, the fourth of the six children of William Woodville (1714–1758), and Jane Fearon (1723–1804). He came from a family of well-to-do Quakers, and was initially educated at a local grammar school. He began his medical training in 1767 with a short apprenticeship to ...

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Thomas Young (1773–1829) by Charles Turner, pubd 1830 (after Sir Thomas Lawrence, after 1820) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Young, Thomas (1773–1829), physician and natural philosopher, was born on 13 June 1773 at Milverton, Somerset, the eldest of ten children of Thomas Young, cloth merchant and banker, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Robert Davis of Minehead, Somerset, and his wife, Hannah Brocklesby...