Dr George Pinckard
George Pinckard was born the son of Henry Pinckard of Handley
near Towcester, and baptised in Towcester Parish Church 27 Feb 1768. He studied
medicine first at the hospitals of
sailed in the Ulysses, but after a fortnight of storms had to return to
finally sailing for the West Indies in the Lord Sheffield on 31st Dec 1795. He
later wrote a book 'Notes on the
He was promoted to the rank of deputy inspector-general of hospitals. On leaving the Army he established the Bloomsbury Dispensary, and was physician to it for thirty years. In 1808 he published 'Dr. Pinckard's Case of Hydrophobia,' an account of a sawyer at Chipping Barnet who died of hydrophobia.
In the early spring of 1824 he began the process of setting up what was to become Clerical Medical Insurance Company. From the modest beginnings of 52 life assurance policies in the first year of business, Clerical Medical now has over 1.7 million policy holders and over 4,000 staff.
He died of an attack of angina while writing a prescription for a patient in his consulting room on 15 May 1835.