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Biography of John Richard Farre

John Richard Farrre
John Richard Farrre

John Richard Farre was born on the 31st January 1775 in Barbados, the son of Richard John Farre, a medical practitioner. Both he and his father owned slaves.

After early education in Barbados, Farre travelled to England in 1792 and began studying medicine at the United Borough Hospitals, the school of St Guy's and St Thomas's. After accompanying the Earl of Moira's expedition to the south of France, in order to learn military surgery, he visited Barbados twice, practising surgery and midwifery, before returning to the UK to continue his studies.

He graduated MD from the University of Glasgow in 1802, and was later awarded an MD from King's College, Aberdeen, and a Licentiate from the College of Physicians in 1806.

He practised from London, and was involved in the establishment of the Royal London Opthalmic Hospital.

He married Ann Elizabeth Crawley, the daughter of William Crawley, who partly owned 'Caledonia' in Barbados. Through William, John Richard Farre received a share of £256 6s 8d when the Caledonia estate claimed for its 33 freed slaves after the Abolition of Slavery Act 1834.

He died on the 7th May 1862.


John Richard Farre
GU Degree: MD, 1802;
University Link: Graduate
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Record last updated: 27th May 2022

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