GRIEVE, William (d. by 1806), of Piccadilly, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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MD Edinburgh Univ. 1770; fellow, R. Coll. Physicians, Edinburgh 1782-c.1806.


Grieve received his medical education at Edinburgh where his Disputatio medica inauguralis de febribus tertianis intermittentibus was published in 1770. He was licensed to practise medicine on 1 May 1781. A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, he was in medical attendance on the Duke of Queensberry, to whom his doctoral dissertation had been dedicated and who in 1790 secured his return for Linlithgow Burghs. The duke had joined opposition during the Regency and his doctor voted with them for Grey’s Oczakov resolutions, 12 Apr., as also for the exemption of Scotland from the Test Act, 10 May 1791. Subsequently, ‘old Q’s’ opposition having abated, Grieve lapsed into obscurity. He was unable to attend the House through illness, 13 Mar. 1793. He was superseded as the duke’s medical attendant by Père Elisé and there was no question of his standing for re-election in 1796. He disappeared from the lists of fellows of the Royal College of Physicians by 1806: he had not attended their meetings since the year of his election as fellow.

BL T.256(5), 1184b 2(4); CJ, xlviii. 397; A. Dasent, Piccadilly, 198; True Briton, 23 May 1796; information from Librarian, R. Coll. Physicians, Edinburgh.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne