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Biographical entry Wheeler, Thomas Rivington (1818 - 1883)

MRCS May 10th 1843; FRCS Aug 14th 1873; MSA 1839.

19 December 1883
General surgeon


The second son of Thomas Wheeler (1754-1847), Apothecary to St Bartholomew's Hospital, the details of whose life are recorded in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Thomas Rivington Wheeler was educated at St Paul's School and St Bartholomew's Hospital, and practised at his father's house, 61 Gracechurch Street, and afterwards at 3 Newcastle Court, College Hill, Cheapside. He moved later to The Grove, Blackheath, and was Surgeon to the Kent Dispensary. He contested unsuccessfully the post of Surgeon-Apothecary to St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1847, when he was beaten by Frederick Wood (qv). He was a Member of the Court of Examiners, an Examiner in Arts, and a Liveryman of the Society of Apothecaries, but was never of the Court. He took but little interest in his profession and is described as being incorrigibly idle. He was, however, a good cricketer, fly-fisher, pedestrian, and field botanist he had an excellent memory, was exceedingly clever with his fingers, but was very bad-tempered. He lived for some years at Sundridge in Kent, but moved to 5 Albion Terrace, Ramsgate, and died there on Dec 19th, 1883.

He married his cousin Maria Wheeler in 1844, from whom he separated, as both were bad-tempered. There was one son, Thomas Henry Wheeler. T R Wheeler presented the Society of Apothecaries in 1863 with the portrait of his father, Thomas Wheeler, which now hangs in their Hall.

Sources used to compile this entry: [There are details about him at p 21 in A Brief Sketch of My Life, by Henry Power (qv), who was apprenticed to him. Personal knowledge of Sir D'Arcy Power, to whom he was godfather. Additional particulars kindly given by Frank Haydon, Esq, Clerk to the Society of Apothecaries].

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