Hollings, John (DNB00)

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HOLLINGS, JOHN M.D. (1683?–1739), physician, born about 1683, was the son of John Hollings, M.D., of Shrewsbury, and formerly fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. After attending Shrewsbury grammar school, he entered Magdalene College as a pensioner on 27 March 1700, and proceeded M.B. in 1705 and M.D. in 1710 (College Register). He was admitted a candidate of the Royal College of Physicians on 25 June 1725, and a fellow on 25 June 1726, having on 16 March previously been elected F.R.S. (Thomson, Hist. of Roy. Soc. Append. iv. p. xxxvii). He rose to be physician-general to the army and physician in ordinary to the king. He died in Pall Mall on 10 May 1739 (Probate Act Book, P. C. C., 1739; Gent. Mag. ix. 272). By his wife Jane he had a son, John Hollings, M.D., who died on 28 Dec. 1739 (Gent. Mag. ix. 661), and two daughters, Mrs. Champernowne and Margaret (will in P. C. C. 106, Henchman). Hollings's reputation for classical scholarship and general culture was considerable. His only publication was the Harveian oration for 1734, entitled ‘Status Humanæ Naturæ expositus in Oratione coram Medicis Londinensibus habita,’ 4to, London, 1734, of which an English translation appeared the same year.

[Munk's Coll. of Phys. 1878, ii. 94.]

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