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||Maxwell Gartshore |
||28 Oct 1732
||Kirkcudbright, Dumfrieshire, Scotland 
||1 Mar 1812 
||Bunhill Fields C 
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Doctor Maxwell Gartshore (1732-1812), physician, son of the Reverend George
Gartshore (d. 24 January 1760, aged 72; see Gent. Mag. 1xxxii.387-8), fifty
years minister in Kirkcudbright, was born at Kirkcudbright on 28 October 1732.
After being educated at the Kirkcudbright grammar school, he was apprenticed to
a medical man in Edinburgh at the age of fourteen, and attended medical classes
in the universtity. Before proceeding to his degree, Gartshore entered the army
as surgeon's mate when in his twenty second year. In 1756 he settled at
Uppingham, Leicestershire, succeeding (by the aid of his cousin, Robert
Maitland, a prosperous
London merchant) to the practice of Doctor John Fordyce [q.v.] After practising
successfully at Upingham for eight years, Gartshore was encouraged to move to
London, and to support his position there he graduated M.D. at Edinburgh 8 May
1764, and was admitted a licentiate of the London College of Physicians on 1
October 1764. He obtained a large practice as an accoucher, was appointed
physician to the British Lying In Hospital, and became a fellow ot the Royal
and Atiquarian Societies. He was a formal, fashionable physician of the old
school, a sincere orthodox Christian, and extremely liberal to the poor,
although parsimonious in his personal expenditure. It is stated that on one
occasion he gave in a single gratuity more than his whole annual income (Gent.
Mag. loc. cit.) The widow of the celebrated John Hunter was indebted to him for
a comfortable provision when in very poor circumstances (Ottley, Life of
Hunter, p139). His first wife who brought him the small estate of Ruscoe in
Kirkcudbrightshire, died in 1765 leaving him one son surviving. His second
wife, Mrs Murrel, whon he married in 1795, died some years before him. He died
on 1 March 1812 and was buried in Bunhill Fields cemetery.
Gartshore bore a striking resemblance to the first Earl of Chatham, and was
once pointed out in a debate in the House of Commons as the earl, whom everyone
believed to be present (Gent. Mag. loc.cit. p391). His portrait, by Slater, was
engraved by Collyer. His only publications were his inaugral dissertation at
Edinburgh, "De papaveris usu... in parturientibus ac puerperis," 1764; two
papers read before the Society of Physicians in 1769, and published in the
fouth and fifth volumes of "Medical Observations;" some "Observations on Extra
uterine Cases, and Ruptures of the tubes and Uterus," published in the "London
Medical Journal," 1787; and a "Remarkable Case of Numerous Births, "Phil.
Trans.," vol. lxxvii.
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