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Biographical entry Wotton, Henry (1836 - 1885)

MRCS Feb 18th 1859; FRCS June 9th 1864; LSA 1860; MD St Andrews 1878.

25 December 1885
General surgeon


Educated at University College, London. He practised at Kensington, and at the time of his death was Surgeon-Accoucheur to the West London Lying-in Hospital. He died at his residence, 15 Notting Hill Terrace, on Christmas Day, 1885, from the effects of a self-administered dose of prussic acid. The jury at the coroner's inquest, held on Dec 29th, after having heard several witnesses, returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst in a state of unsound mind". The unfortunate physician, bearer of an historic name, was suffering from meningitis and had long been in a weak state of health and much overworked. His death was feelingly alluded to by Sir George Johnson, who quoted appropriately from "Aylmer's Field" when referring to this event in his Presidential Address before the Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society (March 1st, 1886):-

"This frail bark of ours, when sorely tried,
May wreck itself without the pilot's guilt,
Without the Captain's knowledge."

Henry Wotton had been for twenty years a Fellow of the Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society. He was a member of the Oriental Club, Hanover Square, and had a country residence at Hillside, Ayot St Peter, Welwyn, Herts.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Med-Chir Trans, 1886, lxix, 22].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England