Chermside, Robert Alexander (DNB00)

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Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 10
Chermside, Robert Alexander

by Norman Moore

CHERMSIDE, Sir ROBERT ALEXANDER, M.D. (1787–1860), physician, son of a medical man, was born in 1787 at Portaferry, co. Down. After education as a surgeon he was appointed in 1810 assistant-surgeon to the 7th hussars. He served throughout the war in the Peninsula, and was at the battle of Water1oo. He took the degree of M.D. at Edinburgh in 1817, reading a thesis of no special merit on cold water as a remedial agent. He became a licentiate of the London College of Physicians in 1821, and soon after went to Paris, where he resided in the Rue Tailbout, and became physician to the English embassy. In 1835 he was made a knight commander of the Guelphic order, and was elected a fellow of the College of Physicians in 1843. He died at Oxford in 1860. His social qualities and lively conversation made him many friends throughout life, and he had a large practice among the English in Paris.

[Munk’s Coll. of Phys. 1878, iii. 231; Madden's Life of the Countess of Blessington.]

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