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John Richard Farre

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Barbados
Death: May 7, 1862 (87)
Pentonville Road, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England, United Kingdom (Soft Cancer of the Bladder)
Place of Burial: Greater London, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard John Farre and Elizabeth Farre
Husband of Ann Elizabeth Farre and Johannes Farre
Father of Henry William Richard Farre; Elizabeth Mary Johanna Farre; Frederic John Farre; Edmund Farre; Alfred Farre and 8 others
Brother of Harriet Walton and Johanna Hutson

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FARRE, JOHN RICHARD 1775-1862), physician, son of Richard John Farre, a medical practitioner, was born on 31 Jan. 1775 in Barbadoes.

Second and only son of Richard John and Elizabeth Farre, was born on the Island of Barbadoes, West Indies, near 10 o'clock in the morning on Tuesday 31st January 1775, and was baptised on the 2nd February 1775 by the Reverend Richard Saer. The sponsors were John Rice, Esquire, Richard John Farre (proxy) Ann Reighton and Johanna Rice.

At an early age in 1780 he narrowly escaped death in a hurricane which killed 3,000 to 4,000 persons.


After school education in the island he studied medicine under his father from 1790, and in July 1792 came to England and studied medicine for a year at the school then formed by the united hospitals of St. Thomas's and Guy's.

At the end of 1793, he became a member of the Corporation of Surgeons, and entered the Army on a full diploma as Assistanrt Surgeon to the staff of Lord Moira. He went with Mr. Foster, surgeon to Guy's Hospital, to France in Lord Moira's expedition. After the expedition failed he came back to London, and afterwards entered on practice in the island of Barbadoes. In 1800 he returned to England, studied for two years in Edinburgh, and took the degree of M.D. at Aberdeen on 22 Jan. 1806. He became a licentiate of the College of Physicians of London on 31 March 1806, and began practice as a physician in Guildford Street, Russel Square.. He was one of the founders of the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, (now known as the Moorfields Eye Hospital) to which he was physician for fifty years.

His house was in Charterhouse Square, and he had two sons who attained distinction in medicine, Dr. Frederic John Farre [q.v.] and Dr. Arthur Farre [q.v.] He edited Dr. Jones's book on "Arterial and Secondary Haemorrhage" in 1805, and "Saunders, on Diseases of the Eye" in 1811


He also edited the Journal of Morbid Ailments, Ophthalmic Medicine, and Pharmaceutical Analysis. He paid close attention to morbid anatomy and wrote "The Morbid Anatomy of the Liver," London, 1812-15 and "Pathological Researches on Malformations of the Human Heart," London, 1814.

This valuable work contains an account of nearly all the cases recorded in England up to its date, and of several observed by the author himself. His specimens, with others, illustrative of other parts of morbid anatomy, are preserved in the museum of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, to which they were presented by his sons.

His portrait, by Thomas Phillips, R.A., is to be seen in the board-room of the Ophthalmic Hospital in Moorfields, London.

On 25 June 1836, he was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians without his knowledge, but declined to accept the honour.

He retired from practice in 1856, died on 7 May 1862, and is buried at Kensal Green.

[Munk's Coll. of Phys. iii. 33 ; a Descriptive Catalogue of the Anatomical and Pathological Museum of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1884 vol. ii.]

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John Richard Farre's Timeline

January 31, 1775
February 2, 1775
November 1793
Age 18
British Army - Staff of Lord Moira
Age 17
St Thomas Hospital
April 19, 1799
Age 24
London, Greater London, UK
May 2, 1803
Age 28
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
December 16, 1804
Age 29
London, England, UK
Age 28
Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital (now Moorsfields Eye Hospital)
March 30, 1807
Age 32
London, Greater London, UK