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Biographical entry Hammick, Sir Stephen Love (1777 - 1867)

Baronet, July 25th, 1834; Member of the Corporation of Surgeons, Oct 3rd, 1799; FRCS, Dec 11th, 1843, one of the original 300 Fellows.

15 June 1867
Plymouth, UK
General surgeon


The eldest son of Stephen Hammick, surgeon and Alderman of Plymouth, and Elizabeth Margaret, daughter of John Love, Surgeon of Plymouth Dockyard. He studied under his father at the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth, in 1792, and in 1793 was appointed Assistant Surgeon there. In 1799, after further study for a few months at St George’s Hospital, he qualified at the Corporation of Surgeons and returned to Plymouth. He was elected full surgeon to the Hospital in 1803. Debarred from private practice by this appointment, he gave gratuitous opinions in difficult cases. He was Surgeon Extraordinary to George IV as Prince of Wales, Prince Regent, and King, also to the household of William IV. He resided from 1829 in Cavendish Square and was one of the original members of the Senate of the University of London. He was created a baronet on July 25th, 1834, and died at Plymouth on June 15th, 1867. He married in 1800 Frances, only daughter of Peter Turquand, merchant, of London. She died in 1829, leaving issue two sons and a daughter.

His eldest son, Stephen Love Hammick (1804-1839), MD, of Christ Church, Oxford, Radcliffe Travelling Fellow in 1831, died just as he was about to commence practice in London, in 1839. He had attended E Mitscherlich’s lectures on chemistry in Berlin, and published a translation of a part in 1838. Hammick was succeeded in the baronetcy by his second son, the Rev St Vincent Love Hammick (1806-1888).

Sources used to compile this entry: [Dict Nat Biog sub nomine et auct ibi cit. Nias’s John Radcliffe, Oxford, 1918, 79, 80].

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