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Doctor Maxwell Gartshore

Male 1732 - 1812  (79 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has 2 ancestors and 2 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Maxwell Gartshore 
    Prefix Doctor 
    Born 28 Oct 1732  Kirkcudbright, Dumfrieshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Mar 1812  [1
    Buried Bunhill Fields C Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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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.
    Person ID I7460  ONS
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2008 

    Father Ancestors Rev. Doctor George Gartshore,   b. 1687,   d. 24 Jan 1760  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Barbara Gordon,   d. 1774 
    Married 1716  [1
    Family ID F1844  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth McGuffog,   d. 1765 
    Children 
     1. George Gartshore,   b. 1761
     2. Living
    Family ID F1845  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Murrel,   d. 1797 
    Married 1795  [1
    Family ID F2013  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Geoffrey Williams (Reliability: 2).

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