Parry, Caleb Hillier

Born in Cirencester on 21st October 1755, Caleb was the eldest son of Joshua, a non-conformist minister, and Sarah (nee Hillier), the eldest of ten children. At the age of 15 he was sent to the Dissenter’s Academy in Warrington, Lancashire, founded to provide further education for dissenting students who were not eligible for admission to Oxford or Cambridge; it was at Warrington where he first met Sarah Rigby, who would become his wife. In 1773 he went to Edinburgh to study medicine and, after spending two years in London at the Middlesex Hospital, returned to Edinburgh, obtaining his medical doctorate in 1778. In the same year he became a Licentiate of the College of Physicians of London. Also in 1778, on 23rd September, he married Sarah Rigby (born 1749, died 1831). In the following year he started a medical practise at 13 Catherine Place, in Bath, and was appointed as physician to the Puerperal Charity Hospital, and subsequently, to the Casual Hospital. In 1800 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in the same year moved to 27 The Circus. As a physician he excelled as a physiologist, but still found time for research; his major contribution to medicine being the recognition of the cause of angina. He had interests outside medicine and these included being a shareholder in the Somerset Coal Canal, a founder member of the Geological Society, being a member of the Philosophical Society of Bath and an active member of the Bath & West of England Society, where he won many prizes for sheep, which he bred for high quality wool. He suffered a stroke in 1816 which left him in a state of progressive paralysis. He died on 9th March 1816.

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