Dr James Ford

???? - 1795


Physician in London, appointed by Queen Charlotte, and heir of his brother Gilbert Ford (q.v.), who left him an estate [and enslaved people] of which [and of whom] he was mortgagee-in-possession in Jamaica.

  1. James Ford, M.D., of Marischal college, Aberdeen, was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1763. Dr. Ford enjoyed for several years a very lucrative obstetric practice at the westend of London. He was physician extraordinary to queen Charlotte, physician extraordinary to the Westminster Lying-in hospital, and consulting man-midwife to the Westminster General dispensary. Having accumulated a handsome fortune, he retired from practice and withdrew to Wales. He died at Langattock, near Crickhowell, December 18th, 1795, aged seventy.

  2. Will of James Ford Doctor of Physick of Lllangattock Breconshire proved 26/01/1796. Among the provisions was an instruction to his executors to apply any money due to him from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to offset the costs and debt incurred by his son Richard as a trustee of the subscription for the building of the theatre. The will does not mention property in Jamaica, although James Ford did leave all his property outside Great Britain to his son Richard.


  1. The Roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London: 1701 to 1800 by Royal College of Physicians of London, William Munk, G. H. Brown. This source was identified by David and Kristin Cooke in family history, https://dkcook2.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/dr-james-ford-physician-to-queen-charlotte-trained-in-bristol/ [accessed 09/05/2018].

  2. PROB 11/1270/244.

Further Information

Married but no further details

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1768 [EA] - 1769 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Theatre Royal Drury Lane...... 
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In 1776, James Ford, Thomas Linley and Richard Brinsley Sheridan paid £35,000 for David Garrick's half-share in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. In 1788 Ford reportedly sold his then interest of 1/4 in...

Relationships (1)

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Dr James Ford was a legatee under the will of his brother...

Addresses (1)

Llangattock, Breconshire, Wales