Edward Sutcliffe, M.D. [Obituary]

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol. XXXII, (1900), p. 45.


Rev. W. Harpley, M.A.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The obituary was read at the Association’s August 1900 Totnes meeting. Dr Sutcliffe, member of an old established Yorkshire family, was highly regarded as a leading medical practitioner in the Great Torrington area, and was an active Association member. He was succeeded in his practice by his son Edward Harvey Sutcliff (1872-1905). A second son, Captain Archibald Alfred Sutcliff, R.A.M.C., M.B., B.S. served as a Surgeon to the 4th Volunteer Brigade Devonshire Regiment (1896), but later settled in general practice at Torrington, he was also Medical Officer to the Torrington Union.The obituary, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Edward Sutcliffe, M.D., was born at Camberwell, London, in 1839, and educated at St. Thomas's Hospital, London, and the University of Aberdeen. He was descended from John Sutcliffe, Groom of the Bedchamber to King Charles I, was nephew of Dean Sutcliffe, whose biography was made the subject of a paper by Mrs. Troup in the twenty-third volume of the Transactions, His family resided at Settle, in Yorkshire, till the last century.

Dr. Sutcliffe settled at Great Torrington in 1875, and practised there until his death, being many years prior thereto the leading medical man in the town and district, and taking an active interest in every improvement for the benefit of the place. He was a Vice-President of the Association at its meeting, in 1899, at Great Torrington. He died January 29th, 1900.