Obituary notices: James Tetley, M.D., F.R.C.P.

Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1878, Vol X, p. 62.


Rev. W. Harpley

Prepared by Michael Steer

James Tetley is listed by the Royal College of Physicians on its Roll of Inspiring Physicians: Vol IV, p.207, MD Edin FRCP(1872). The article, 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.

James Tetley, M.D., F.R.C.P., was born at Bradford, in Yorkshire, July 11th, 1810. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated in 1834. His health failing, he was ordered to the south of England; and coming to Torquay, so far recovered as to be able to commence practice about the year 1838, and continued the duties of his profession till within the last two years of his life. By his skill as a physician, by his kindly and gentle manner, he soon won for himself the respect and esteem of all with whom he was brought into contact, and for many years occupied a leading position as a consultant.

Though not taking an active part in public affairs, he was a liberal contributor to many charities; he was consulting physician to the Torbay Infirmary, the Western Hospital for Consumption, and to Erith House, and rendered valuable services in promoting the welfare of these charitable institutions.

Dr. Tetley became a member of the Torquay Natural History Society immediately after it was founded, in 1844, and retained his connection with it till within a short time of his death. He joined the Association in 1864, and three years later became one of its life members.

He died at his residence, Belmont, Torre, on September 18th, 1877, and was interred in the churchyard of Tor, Torquay, his funeral being very largely attended by men of all grades of society, including almost every one of his local medical brethren.