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PROPERT , JOHN ( 1793 - 1867 ), physician, founder of the Medical Benevolent College, Epsom ;

b. 19 July 1793 at Blaenpistyll , Llan-goedmor, Cards. He was educated at the free grammar school , Cardigan . He entered the army when very young, but, seeing no chance of promotion, entered the service of Dr. Noot , surgeon , at Cardigan . Poor and in humble circumstances, he was assisted by a relative who provided funds to enable him to go to London where he became a pupil of Dr. Abernethy ; at 21 he gained his diploma . He was successful in his calling and settled down at Cardigan where he had a large practice and became a wealthy man. He subscribed liberally to the Medical Protection Society and was founder and treasurer of the Medical Benevolent College at Epsom , opened by the prince Consort in 1855 . He was also chairman of the Carmarthen and Cardigan Railway . His wife was Juliana Ross . He d. 8 Sept. 1867 . His son, JOHN PROPERT ( 1834 - 1902 ), was a well-known physician and art critic .

Sources:

  • NLW MS 9270;
  • Benjamin Williams (Gwynionydd) , Enwogion Ceredigion (1869) , 173;
  • on J. L. Propert, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , Second Supplement .

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959