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Dr John Fothergill (1712-80)

Dr John Fothergill was born in Yorkshire, the son of a quaker. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where his abilities quickly attracted notice. After graduation he worked at St Thomas's Hospital in London and then established one of the most lucrative practices in the city. Fothergill was also a noted botanist and philanthropist, whose charity was chiefly directed toward causes connected with the Society of Friends.

He is referred to in the correspondence of Charles Wesley.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography

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