Nottingham Hospitals History



President  of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1866, 1879, 1880

James Beddard was born in 1840 and Dudley, West Midlands, and was apprenticed to Drs. Fereby 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 that time that his contemporary and friend Philip Henry Pye-Smith (1840-1914) took the gold medal in medicine and in surgery. His son, Arthur Philip Bedard later senior surgeon to Guy's Hospital, was Pye-Smith’s Godson and named after him. James Bedard was elected surgical registrar at Guys Hospital, but resigned and settle down in Nottingham where an old friend of his Dudley days, the Rev Francis Morse, has recently been appointed Vicar of St Mary's Church.

 James Bedard was the president of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society on three separate occasions in 1866, 1879 and 1880. James Bedard was also surgeon to the Nottingham General Hospital, and consulting surgeon to the Nottingham Children's Hospital, and at one time President of the Literary and Philosophical Society.

James Bedard was taken ill after a shooting holiday in Scotland with symptoms diagnose as appendicitis. As a consequence of his illness he died at his home on 21 June 1889.

James Bedard:- MRCS, April 30th, 1861: FRCS, June 9th , 1864: LSA, 1863; MB, London (Scholar in Surgery and 1st Class Honours in Medicine), 1863.

James Bedard received his professional training at Guy's Hospital, London. He was at one time Medical Tutor at Sydenham College, Birmingham, and afterwards practised at Nottingham (39, Derby Road, and later Park Row), where he was Surgeon to the Nottingham General Hospital and Consulting Surgeon to the Nottingham Children's Hospital. He died in 1889

From Plarr’s

Lives of the Fellows of the

Royal College of Surgeons of England