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Authorised form of nameDimsdale; Thomas (1712 - 1800)
SurnameDimsdale
ForenamesThomas
Dates1712 - 1800
Date of birth06 or 29 May 1712
Date of death30 December 1800
Dates and placesBurial:
Quakers' burial-ground at Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
ActivityEducation:
Pupil to his father; St Thomas' Hospital, London; MD (1761, King's College, Aberdeen)
Career:
Set up practice in Hertford (1834); served as a volunteer medical assistant to the Duke of Cumberland's army in the Rebellion (1745); went to Russian and inoculated Empress Catherine and her son, Grand Duke Paul, against small pox, for which he received £12,000 and was made a baron; returned to England and opened a banking house in Cornhill, London (retired from this 1776); MP for Hertford (1780 until his retirement 1790); went to Russia to incoculate Grand Dukes Alexander and Constantine (1781)
Memberships:
Bath Agricultural Society
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election16/03/1769
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
16/03/1769
Admitted 11 May 1769
Relationships4th son of John Dimsdale, surgeon, and his wife Susan, daughter of Thomas Bowyer of Albury Hall, Hertfordshire; married 1) (13 July 1739) daughter of Nathanael Brassey of Roxwell (she died 1745?); their 2nd son was Nathaniel Dimsdale (FRS 1805); 2) (17 June 1746) Anne, daughter of John Iles "a relation of his first wife" (Gentleman's Magazine); 3) (3 November 1779) Elizabeth, daughter of his cousin, Joseph Dimsdale of Bishop's Stortford
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DQB
References:
John H Appleby, 'The Royal Society and the Tartar Lamb' in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 23-34
Notes:
DNB provides alternative birth date of 29 May 1712; this date also in History of Parliament : House of Commons 1754-1790 (1964).
Royal Society codeNA7316
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1768/32Dimsdale, Thomas: certificate of election to the Royal Society1768
MS/391/133Bond of Thomas Dimsdale, Baron Dimsdale, to the Treasurer of the Royal Society11 May 1769
L&P/8/10Letter, 'Concerning the spontaneous firing of a mixture of lamp-black and linseed oil' from Samuel Greig to Thomas Dimsdale1 September 1781
IM/001153Dimsdale, Thomasnd
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