TIERNEY, Sir Matthew John. 14408



Autograph Letter Signed, to N.Byrne, Morning Post Office, denying he has attended Lady Eldon in her illness, and criticizing the falsehoods published in “your Voluble Paper”, wishing to ascertain “quietly” the author. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches, with the integral address leaf, folds, in good condition. Brighton, 12 August 1826. Sir Matthew John Tierney (1776-1845), Royal Physician, and proponent of vaccination. In 1801 Tierney moved to Glasgow, and there graduated M.D. in 1802, reading a dissertation ‘De Variola Vaccina.’ He began practice as a physician at Brighton in 1802, and by the influence of Earl Berkeley was appointed physician to the household of the Prince of Wales at Brighton. In 1806 he was admitted a licentiate of the College of Physicians of London, and in 1809 he was appointed physician extraordinary to the Prince of Wales. In 1816 he became physician in ordinary to the prince regent, and when the prince became George IV he was made physician in ordinary to the king. He held the same post under William IV. He published at Brighton in 1845 ‘Observations on Variola Vaccina or Cow-pock.’