Sir Hans Sloane (2)


Sir Hans Sloane (2)

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Sir Hans Sloane. 1st Baronet PRS.FRS Born in Killyleagh County Down 16 April 1660 died 11 January 1753.
At rest in Chelsea Old Church, London.

Memorial located of Shore Street, Hans Sloane Square (The Green) Killyleagh.

In 1716 Sloane was created a baronet, making him the first medical practitioner to receive a hereditary title. In 1719 he became president of the Royal College of Physicians, holding the office for sixteen years. In 1722 he was appointed physician-general to the army on the death of Sir Thomas Gibson physician general to the army, (Thomas Gibson in 1675 became the Physician General of Cromwell’s Army) and in 1727 first physician to George II.

President of the Royal College of Physicians. Royal Physicians. Collector, scientist, antiquary, philanthropist. His collection formed the basis for the British Museum. He promoted the medical use of quinine chocolate and vaccination.

This copy of the statue by Rysbrack, erected in the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1712 was placed here by the people of Killyleagh to mark the millennium and the regeneration of the harbour area.

Memorial unveiled 16 April 2002 by The HRH the Duke of York. CVO. ADC. Baron Killyleagh.

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