Thomas Wrigley Grimshaw

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Thomas Wrigley Grimshaw CB (16 November 1839 – 23 January 1900) was an Irish physician and surgeon who became Registrar General for Ireland from 1879 to 1900.


He was born in Whitehouse, County Antrim, the only child of Wrigley Grimshaw and Alicia Grimshaw. His father Wrigley Grimshaw was an eminent dentist and was dental surgeon to Dr Steevens' Hospital and St. Mark's Hospital, Dublin. [1]

County Antrim Place in Antrim, Northern Ireland

County Antrim is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland. Adjoined to the north-east shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 3,046 square kilometres (1,176 sq mi) and has a population of about 618,000. County Antrim has a population density of 203 people per square kilometre or 526 people per square mile. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland, as well as part of the historic province of Ulster.

Dr Steevens Hospital hospital

Dr Steevens' Hospital in EditDublin was one of Ireland's most distinguished eighteenth-century medical establishments. It was founded under the terms of the will of Dr Richard Steevens (1653-1710), an eminent physician in Dublin, and designed by Thomas Burgh.

Dublin capital and largest city in Ireland

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Plaque in Molesworth St

He entered Trinity College, Dublin in 1858 and graduated in Arts in 1860, proceeding to the M.B. and M. Chir., degrees in 1861, and M.D. in 1867, while working at Dr Steevens' Hospital and Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital. He became a physician to the Coombe Women's Hospital and held several lectureships in Dr Steevens' Hospital. [1]

Sir Patrick Duns Hospital hospital

Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital was a hospital and school for physicians on Grand Canal Street, Dublin which opened in 1808 and was named after the Irish physician Sir Patrick Dun.

In 1879 he was appointed Registrar General for Ireland. He was President of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, and was known as a distinguished statistician. [2]

The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland (SSISI) is a learned society which analyses the major changes that have taken place in population, employment, legal and administrative systems and social services in Ireland. It operates as an all-Ireland body.

He was also one of the founders of the Dublin Sanitary Association and of the Dublin Artisans' Dwellings Company Limited. [1]

In 1897 he was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and the same year he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB). [2]

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), is an Irish professional body dedicated to improving the practice of general medicine and related medical specialties, chiefly through the accreditation of physicians by examination.

Order of the Bath series of awards of an order of chivalry of the United Kingdom

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as "Knights of the Bath". George I "erected the Knights of the Bath into a regular Military Order". He did not revive the Order of the Bath, since it had never previously existed as an Order, in the sense of a body of knights who were governed by a set of statutes and whose numbers were replenished when vacancies occurred.

He was married in 1865 to Sarah Elizabeth Thomas with whom he had nine sons and three daughters. They lived at 13 Molesworth Street, Dublin (now the Passport Office).

Grimshaw died at his residence at Carrickmines, County Dublin, on 23 January 1900. [2]

References and sources

  1. 1 2 3 GRO, Dublin
  2. 1 2 3 "Obituary - Dr. Grimshaw". The Times (36047). London. 24 January 1900. p. 6.

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