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Biographical entry Martin, John Michael Harding (1847 - 1906)

MRCS July 21st 1874; FRCS June 13th 1889; M&LSA 1875; LRCP Lond 1881; MB ChB Victoria University 1890; MD 1892; MD Liverpool 1904; MD Brussels 1897; JP.

6 May 1847
20 March 1906
General surgeon and Physician


Born at Liverpool on May 6th, 1847, the son and grandson of surgeons. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and at the University of Liverpool, where he was Medallist in Medicine, Surgery, and Pathology, also at Brussels. Becoming FRCS, he settled in practice at Blackburn as assistant to Dr William Irving, Physician to the Blackburn Infirmary, later in partnership with him, and on his death carried on the practice, one of the largest in the district.

He continued his medical studies, and passed examinations to within two years of his death. For twenty-one years he was Surgeon to the Blackburn and East Lancashire Infirmary. For many years he was local Secretary to the British Medical Association and was the first President of the Lancashire and Cheshire Branch. A keen volunteer, he rose to be Major in command of the North-East Lancashire Bearer Company RAMC, and Surgeon Major, Army Medical Reserve, in connection with which he gave and published ambulance lectures. He encouraged sports, was President of the Blackburn Cycling Club, and gave annually a silver cup to be raced for. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the County Borough of Blackburn in 1887.

As a Roman Catholic he was Physician to the Franciscan Convent of St Anne, and to the Convent of Notre Dame, and he held strong views in favour of denominational teaching in schools. Besides, he was connected with numerous societies. He died suddenly of apoplexy at Arnheim, Blackburn, on March 20th, 1906, and was survived by a widow, four daughters, and four sons.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1906, I, 1007. Brit Med Jour, 1906, I, 777].

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