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Arabella WELBY

Dr. Thomas Francis I'ANSON F.R.C.S. F.R.H.S. M.D. J.P.

  • Born: 20 Jun 1825, London, Middlesex, England
  • Marriage: Arabella WELBY in Sep 1850 in Newark Upon Trent, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Died: 19 Aug 1898, Whitehaven, Cumberland, England at age 73

bullet   Cause of his death was Pneumonia.


bullet  General Notes:

He was Appointed House Surgeon. Resigned post 3 Jul 1849. Remained on surgical staff until he retired on 12 Oct 1846 Whitehaven & West Cumberland Infirmary

WCT Obituaries AUGUST 20th 1898

We regret to record the death of Dr I'Anson, which took place at his
residence, Irish Street, Whitehaven, yesterday (Friday) morning about a
quarter to eleven o'clock. The sad event was somewhat unexpected,
the deceased gentleman having been about town quite recently, when he
appeared to be in good health again. He was out on Sunday morning,
and, we understand, attended church. In the afternoon he became
seriously unwell, and was ultimately obliged to take to his bed,
which afterwards he was unable to leave again. It was found that
he was suffering from pneumonia and he continued to grow worse and
died as stated. Not long ago Dr I'Anson was confined to his house by a
rather long illness, but he seemed to fully recover from this, and
afterwards his familiar figure was frequently seen about the town
and neighbourhood as usual.

The late Thomas Francis I'Anson, M.D., J.P., & c., was a member of a
YORKSHIRE family of some centuries standing. He was the oldest medical man
in Whitehaven, and was also one of the best known and respected
men in the district. Born in London, June 20th, 1825, he was consequently
73 years of age. He attended the Western Grammar School, Brompton,
where he was school mate with George Kingsley, brother of the novelist,
and also with Edward H.Knowles. The former became travelling medical
attendant to the late Earl of Lonsdale and the latter became Principal
of St. Bees College. He served a three years' apprenticeship at
Mount Sorrel, Leicestershire, in connection with the granite quarries
of the Martins of Groby, and from there he went in 1842 to
St. George's Hospital ; in 1845 to Paris ; and in 1846 came to
Whitehaven, where he has since remained.

When Dr I'Anson left St. George's in 1845-46, he had finished his
curriculum, but was not old enough to take any degrees, and he went over to
Paris for greater facility in dissection and operation on the dead body. He
entered the anatomical school of Clamart, and after a course of six months
there he returned to England and began to pass his degrees, having in the
course of his studies taken hon. certificates in surgery and medicine,
the medical jurisprudence prize, and the hospital clinical reports prize
of The Medical Times. Dr I'Anson was house surgeon to the Whitehaven
and West Cumberland infirmary from 1846 to 1849, becoming a visiting
surgeon from 1850 to 1880, and since the latter date he had been a
consulting surgeon.

He completed his fifty years of service to the institution in October,
1896, on which occasion he was presented with his portrait. During that long
period Dr I'Anson had been intimately and honourably associated with much
important public service both in his profession and otherwise in Whitehaven
and the district. He was a delegate to Carlisle from the commencement of the
Hospital Saturday and Sunday Fund. He was on the council of the Border
Counties branch of the B.M.A., of which branch he was elected president in
1869. He was a member of the Council of the Cumberland and
Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Association, until recently
having taken considerable interest in local research. He was the chairman
of the Whitehaven centre of the St. Johns Ambulance Association,
and examiner in the district.

For some years he was a trustee of the Town and Harbour, and was
placed on the Commission of Peace for the County about 1855. He was
chairman of the Saturday evening concerts, and also of the Technical
Education cookery classes. He was one of the promoters of the
Shipbuilding Company, the Cocoa Rooms, and the Baths. He was
the first president of the Whitehaven Scientific Association, being twice
re-elected, and he was the originator of the successful West Cumberland
Medical Society. At the commencement of the Volunteer movement
Dr I'Anson was surgeon to the Rifle Volunteers for several years
and subsequently to the Militia, and Naval Reserve, and the Furness
Railway, and at one time also held the post of surgeon to the lighthouse
department of the Admiralty.

Amongst other local services rendered by him may be noted the
assistance he gave in the promotion of the successful amateur theatrical
entertainments, which owed their inception largely to his assistance ; and
he also assisted to promote the Horticultural Society, he was on the
committee of the Lifeboat and Rocket Brigade, and was a member
of the Diocean Conference. He also contributed to the meteorological
reports by his accurate annual statistics of local rainfall. In his private
practice he was for some time in partnership with Dr Ablett, and in
late years had been assisted by his son Dr Welby I'Anson. He was
much beloved at the Infirmary, where his kindly demeanour and cheery
face will be sadly missed, and not only will he be missed there but
likewise in many other quarters, where he was held in great esteem.

bullet  Research Notes:

Household: 1881Census
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Thomas F. I'ANSON Head M Male 56 London, Middlesex, England Gen Practitioner MD Aber Mrcpl
Arabella I'ANSON Wife M Female 56 Nottingham, England Gen Practitioner Wife
Welby I'ANSON Son U Male 27 Whitehaven, Cumberland, England Gen Practitioner MB Of M Edin
Frank Leonard I'ANSON Son U Male 24 Whitehaven, Cumberland, England Student Of School Of Mines
Jane NULTY Servt U Female 28 Whitehaven, Cumberland, England Cook Domestic Servant
Sarah WATTS Servt U Female 28 Peterborough, Northampton, England Housemaid
Annie LESLIE Servt U Female 16 Keswick, Cumberland, England Kitchen Maid
Dwelling 20 Irish Street Census Place Whitehaven, Cumberland, England
Public Records Office Reference RG11Piece / Folio 5185 / 4 Page Number 2

1891 Census
Piece: RG12/4313 Place: Whitehaven -Cumberland Enumeration District: 1
Civil Parish: Whitehaven Ecclesiastical Parish: St Bees
Folio: 4 Page: 1 Schedule: 4
Address: 20 Irish St
Surname First name(s) Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Where Born Remarks
I'ANSONThomas Francis Head M M 65J.P. And M.D.(Em'er) Middlesex - London
I'ANSON Arabella Wife M F 65 Nottinghamshire - Newark
I'ANSON Welby Son S M 37 Bachelor Of Medicine(Em'ee) Cumberland - Whitehaven
BLANCHSarah Servnt S F 30Cook(Em'ee) Middlesex - London
BLAIR Annie Servnt S F 24 Housemaid(Em'ee) Cumberland - Cockermouth
SHORTRIDGE JaneServnt S F 21 Kitchenmaid(Em'ee) Cumberland - Frizington


Thomas married Arabella WELBY, daughter of Dr. William WELBY and Felicia Elizabeth WYAN, in Sep 1850 in Newark Upon Trent, Nottinghamshire, England. (Arabella WELBY was born in 1823 in Newark Upon Trent, Nottinghamshire, England, christened on 21 Nov 1823 in Newark Upon Trent, Nottinghamshire, England and died in Dec 1910 in Whitehaven, Cumberland, England.)

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