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Biographical entry Townesend, Stephen Chapman (1860 - 1914)

MRCS Nov 14th 1883; FRCS Dec 8th 1887.

May 1914
St Albans
Actor, General surgeon and Writer


The son of a rector in London; educated at St Bartholomew's Hospital and the University of Edinburgh. He was at various times Surgeon on the Orient Steamship Company's line, House Surgeon at St Mark's Hospital, London, and at the General Hospital, Birmingham. He was also a Lecturer on First Aid to the London County Council. For many years he practised in Burleigh Street, Covent Garden, WC, and latterly at 5 Crown Office Row, Temple, EC. He was on the stage for a time under the name of Will Dennis, and played the leading part in The Showman's Daughter, 1892; created the role in Sowing the Wind, The Black Domino, Dick Sheridan, Slaves of the Ring, and The Black Tulip. He was keenly interested in drama and for many years encouraged and assisted the Amateur Dramatic Society of St Bartholomew's Hospital. He was travelling medical attendant to the invalid son of Frances Hodgson Burnett, the authoress who wrote Little Lord Fauntleroy, and afterwards married her. With her he was part author of Nixie and A Lady of Quality. He died at Colney Heath, St Albans, from pneumonia, on May 17th or 23rd, 1914.

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Katherine O'Neill.
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Peep Show Vivisection.

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