James Joseph Macabe – Assistant Physician at the Dublin Lying In Hospitable

Before there were Maternity Hospitals there were Lying In Hospitals. The Dublin Lying In Hospital, now known as the Rotunda Hospital, was the second such hospital. But it is the famous one after which other maternity hospitals are based.

My fourth great grandfather – James MacCabe M.D., T.C.D., Esq. was an assistant there from 27 January 1807 to 2 February 1810. He was qualified midwife from 6 May 1809 as registered by the Kings and Queens College of Physicians in Ireland.

1807 January 27 – Nominated as Assistant master for the Dublin Lying-
in Hospital
The Book of the Rotunda Hospital : an illustrated history of the Dublin Lying-in Hospital from its foundation in 1745 to the present time
by Kirkpatrick, T. Percy C. (Thomas Percy Claude), b. 1869; Jellet, Henry, 1872-; Rotunda Hospital (Dublin, Ireland); Dublin Lying-in Hospital
Publication date 1913
Topics Hospitals, Maternity, Hospitals, Maternity Publisher London : Adlard & son, Bartholomew Press Collection cdl; americana
Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive
Contributor University of California Libraries
Language English

Page 129 – The book of the Rotunda Hospital

The term of office of John Breen, one of the assistant masters, ended on August 3rd, 1806, and in accordance with custom the Master nominated to the Board Mr. Edward Frizell as his successor. It is not recorded what objection there was to Frizell, but the Board, by a majority of three to one, refused the nomination. At the next meeting on September 4th the Master again nominated him, and by a majority of five to four the Board decided to adjourn the question to the quarterly meeting in November. It would seem that is was the medical Governors, Drs. Clarke, Evory, James Cleghorn and Croker King, who raised the objection, and it is probably that this objection was based on the qualification of the candidate. At the meeting in November Dr. Kelly withdrew Frizell’s name, but nominated him again on January 7th, 1807, and “the question being therefore pit it passed in the negative.” This would seem to have been a serious reflection on the Master, but at the next meeting in January 27th he proposed Dr. James MacCabe, and “he being duly qualified,” was elected.

Page 203 – The book of the Rotunda Hospital


James Mccabe, nominated Assistant by Thomas Kelly, February 24th, 1807 and held office till February 2nd, 1810.

Page 220 – The book of the Rotunda Hospital – index

MacCabe, James 129, 203

Book: Records of the Kings and Queens College of Physicians in Ireland

Published 1866, Dublin by Hodges, Smith and Co.

Page 117 (start of list) – Obituary of Licentiates, 1692 – 1865

Page 120 No. On Roll 97, Admitted 6thMay 1809, James MacCabe

Page 125 Obituary of Midwifery, 1692 -1865

Licensed 1809, James MacCabe


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