Palmer, Thomas 1762

Thomas Palmer was baptised in Bemerton, near Salisbury. His father was a clerk in Wiltshire. Thomas was one of eight children who survived to adulthood. Four of his brothers became vicars and one sister married a vicar. He was apprenticed to the Bath surgeon Jerry (Jeremiah) Peirce. (Jerry Pierce is portrayed alongside Dr William Oliver in the famous William Hoare painting of a surgeon and doctor respectively examining patients in the General Hospital, dated 1761. The painting was hung in the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases until the hospital closed. It is now in the replacement hospital on the Royal United Hospital site.)

In 1742 Thomas was appointed as one of four honorary surgeons at the new General Hospital, alongside honorary physicians. These roles were unpaid. He remained as a surgeon at the hospital until his death in 1762. He was Hospital Governor in 1749 and a member of Bath City Council from 1746. In 1761 he was elected as one of two sheriffs. He is mentioned in The Bath Journal in 1758 because he was granted the bodies of two men executed in Taunton for the ‘Instruction of his Pupil’.

Thomas and his wife Alice lived in Queen Square, probably number 4 on the east side of the square. In 1756 their three year old son Thomas was buried in the Abbey. The ledgerstone records the deaths of father and son and then Alice in 1769.

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