1840 - 1889

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1866, 1879, 1880

James Beddard was born in 1840 in Dudley, West Midlands, and was apprenticed to Dr’s. Fereday and Timmins in that town, then with Dr. Webster at Towyn in North Wales. He entered Guy’s Hospital Medical School in 1856, where he graduated in 1863, taking the scholarship in surgery at the time that his contemporary and friend Philip Henry Pye-Smith (1840-1914) took the gold medal in medicine and surgery. His son, Arthur Philip Beddard later physician to Guy’s Hospital, was Pye-Smith’s godchild and named after him. James Beddard was elected surgical registrar at Guy’s, but resigned and settled in Nottingham where an old friend of his Dudley days, the Reverend Francis Morse had been recently been appointed Vicar of St. Mary’s Church in Nottingham’s Lace Market. Beddard was President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society in 1866, 1879 and 1880. He was also surgeon to the General Hospital, consulting surgeon to the Children’s Hospital, and at one time President of the Literary and Philosophical Society.

He was taken ill after a shooting holiday in Scotland with symptoms diagnosed as appendicitis. He died at his home on the 21st June 1889.

James Beddard:- M.R.C.S., April 30th, 1861: F.R.C.S., June 9th, 1864: L.S.A., 1863; M.B., London (Scholar in Surgery and 1st Class Honours in Medicine), 1863.


Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

SURGEONS Nottinghams Eminent Surgeons and Physicians