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Biographical entry James, William Wittal (1824 - 1865)

MRCS Dec 23rd 1844; FRCS Aug 10th 1848; LSA 1845; LM Dublin 1846.

17 March 1865
General surgeon


Born at Exeter, the son of John Haddy James (qv), whom he succeeded in 1858 as Surgeon to the Devon and Exeter Hospital, to the Exeter Dispensary, the Devon County Prisons, St John's Hospital, and the Bramford Wood Reformatory School. He practised at 37 Southernhay, Exeter, and died at Exmouth on March 17th, 1865. He made a bequest of £2000, which, after being applied to certain specified family purposes, was to be paid over to the Governors of the Devon and Exeter Hospital, the interest of the sum to be divided between the four Surgeons of the institution equally each year, for he was of the opinion that there should be some pecuniary payment for the hospital service by the staff. The legacy took effect in 1890. He had a quick incisive manner, was somewhat abrupt, and a 'choleric word' was not unknown to him. He succeeded to a large part of his father's practice, but his health broke down before he reached his zenith.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Delpratt Harris's The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, 1922, 145].

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