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Biographical entry Marriott, Sir Charles Hayes (1834 - 1910)

Knight Bachelor 1904; MRCS April 20th 1858; FRCS Nov 24th 1859; LSA 1857; MB Lond (Gold Medal in Jurisprudence) 1859; MD 1863; JP.

October 1834
14 February 1910
Staunton Bibworth
General surgeon


Born at Kibworth in October, 1834, the son of John Marriott, MRCS, who practised at Kibworth for fifty-five years, while his grandfather practised there for over fifty years. He went to Uppingham School and was then a pupil of Henry Terry (qv), Surgeon to Northampton Hospital. After three years' apprenticeship, he proceeded in 1854 to University College Hospital, London, and lived in the house of Dr (afterwards Sir) William Jenner, then Assistant Physician to the Hospital. He often afterwards referred to the scientific knowledge and the habits of methodic and strict punctuality he gained from Jenner. He won several prizes and was House Surgeon, and, after passing the FRCS and MD examinations and acting as Physician's Assistant, was appointed Surgeon to the Leicester Infirmary in November, 1859. He served for two years and was then elected Surgeon to the Infirmary. Among the Surgeons of the Leicester Infirmary were Thomas Paget, junr, son of T Paget, senr, also T Macaulay and T W Benfield, all FRCS.

Marriott came to be recognized as the foremost surgeon of the locality, carrying out operations in the country in the days before motor-cars, in the course of which he often suffered from chills, and a resultant anaemia. Assisted by his House Surgeon, C J Bond, who was afterwards his colleague on the Staff of the Infirmary, he practised, after Lister's methods, abdominal surgery, including the removal of the spleen (the specimen is in the College Museum); the simultaneous ligature of the carotid and subclavian arteries for innominate aneurysm, and ligature of the external iliac artery through the abdomen. In the progress of his operations he was not daunted by untoward occurrences. Hunting casualties were particularly frequent in Leicestershire, and thus patients of rank, both English and foreign, came under his care. He was largely instrumental in founding the Leicester Trained Nurses' Institution, on the governing body of which he was for many years a member. An admirer of Pasteur, he approved of vivisection under Government control and, being fond of animals, was for many years the energetic Chairman of the local branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Joining the British Medical Association early, he was elected to the General Council in 1874, and in 1877 was President of the Midland Branch and communicated to it a number of surgical papers. He was also a member of the Committee of the Medical Defence Union, Chairman of the Leicester Bacteriological Institute, also for two years of the Leicester Medical Society. From the commencement he served on the Leicester Committee of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

An ardent Conservative, for many years he was President of the Market Harborough Division of the Conservative Association through several contested elections. As a social reformer he was Director of the Leicester Coffee and Cocoa Company, Vice-President of the County Cricket Club, and at the age of 60 played against his sons, one of whom was a University 'Blue' and played for the Gentlemen against the Players. In 1904 a knighthood rewarded Marriott's professional and political services.

In later years he had consulting-rooms at 7 Welford Place, Leicester, whilst living at the family home, Harcourt House, Staunton Bibworth, where there was a beautiful garden. He died there on Feb 14th, 1910, and was buried in the Churchyard at a largely attended funeral. He had married at the age of 30 Lucy, daughter of the Rev John Gibson, and had four sons and two daughters. Three of the sons entered the Law, and the youngest son - Mr Cecil Edward Marriott, FRCS - was Surgeon to the Leicester Infirmary. Lady Marriott and his family survived him.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Prov Med Jour, Leicester, 1895, xiv, 449, with portrait].

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