Authorised form of nameRanby; John (1703 - 1773)
Dates1703 - 1773
Date of birth1703
Place of deathHis apartments in Chelsea Hospital, London
Date of death28 August 1773
Dates and placesBurial:
South-west portion of the burying-ground attached to Chelsea Hospital, London
Apprenticed to Edward Barnard
Surgeon-in-ordinary to the King's Household (1738); Sergeant-Surgeon to George II (1740), Principal Sergeant-Surgeon (1743); accompanied George II to Germany (1743), where he was present at the Battle of Dettingen and treated the Duke of Cumberland; was instrumental in obtaining a charter for the Company of Surgeons (as distinct from the Barber-Surgeons); Surgeon to Chelsea Hospital (1752); had a large practice in London and is mentioned by Henry Fielding in 'Tom Jones'; operated on Queen Caroline for a hernia, from which she died
Company of Barber-Surgeons; Company of Surgeons (Master 1745, 1751, 1752)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election30/11/1724
RelationshipsSon of Joseph Ranby of St Giles in the Fields, Middlesex; married to Jane, daughter of Dacre Barrett Lennard (FRS 1705)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Burke
Gentleman's Magazine 1773, p415 (obituary)
London Magazine 1773, p465 (obituary)
In Printed list to 1724
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA3287
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/R1/69Letter, from John Ranby to James Jurinnd
CLP/15ii/12Paper, 'Some observations made on opening a cormorant shot at the tower' by John Ranby[1728]
RBO/11/111'Account of the Dissection of an Eye with a Cataract' by John Ranby, surgeon1723
CLP/12ii/34Paper, 'A short account of opening the body of a man 70' by Mr [John] Ranby[1727]
RBO/14/114'Some Observations made in the Dissection of three Subjects' by John Ranby, surgeon1730
CLP/12ii/48Paper, 'Some observations made in the dissection of three subjects' by [John Ranby][1730]
CLP/12ii/37Paper, 'Some observations made in the dissections of two subjects' by [John] Ranby[1727]
CLP/12ii/24/2Plate, kidneys and arteries by J G [Johann Gaspar] Scheuchzer[1725]
CLP/12ii/18Paper, 'An account of a dissection of an eye with a cataract' by Mr [John] Ranby[1723]
CLP/12ii/32Paper, 'Two newly discover'd arteries in women, going to the ovaria' by Mr [John] Ranby[1726]
CLP/12ii/50Paper, account of Richard Castell's child who died of smallpox by Conrad Sprengell [Sprengwell], Alexander Gordon, John Ranby, and Richard Castell2 April 1730
CLP/15ii/1Paper, 'Some observations made in an ostrich [Struthio camelus] dissected by order of Hans Sloane' by John Ranby[1724]
RBO/12/80Two newly discovered arteries passing to women's ovaria by John Ranby1726
CLP/15ii/7Paper, 'The anatomy of the poisonous apparatus of the rattlesnake made by the direction of Hans Sloane' by John Ranby[1727]
CLP/12ii/53Paper, 'An account of what appeard most remarkable, on opening the body of Ann Edwards, who dy'd January 5 1730 having a large umbelical [umbilical] rupture' by John Ranby[January 1730]
CLP/12ii/24/1Manuscript, 'An enquiry into a discovery said to have been made by Signor Valsalva of Bologna, of an excretory duct from the glandula renalis to the epididymis' by John Ranby[1725]
CLP/12ii/24Paper, 'An enquiry into a discovery said to have been made by Signor Valsalva of Bologna, of an excretory duct from the glandula renalis to the epididymis' by John Ranby[1725]
RBO/12/21'An Enquiry into a Discovery said to have been made by Signor Valsalva of Bologna of an Excretory Duct from the 'Glandula Renalis' to the Epididymis' by John Ranby1725
RBO/15/40John Ranby's account of a post-mortem of a woman who had a large umbilical rupture1730
RBO/12/7'Some Observations made on an Ostrich dissected by Order of Sir Hans Sloane Baronet' by John Ranby Surgeon1724
RBO/13/21Observations of human anatomy by Mr Ranby1727
RBO/13/15'The Anatomy of the poisonous Apparatus of a Rattle Snake made by the Direction of Sir Hans Sloane' and 'an Account of the quick Effects of the Poison by John Ranby'1727
RBO/13/70Concerns cutting the sarcoma or fleshy excrescence of the uterus without danger of life with the woman restored to her former health by John Ranby1728
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