David Lloyd Roberts (1835–1920) was born at Stockport, the son of a cotton spinner, and served in a chemist’s shop before going to school at Ripponden in Yorkshire. He studied at the Manchester School of Medicine and Royal Infirmary and settled in general practice in Manchester, obtaining the post of regular surgeon-in-ordinary at St Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children. He remained connected with this institution for the rest of his life. He was the author of a popular 'Student’s Guide to Practical Midwifery' (1876). More notable achievements were his edition of Sir Thomas Browne’s 'Religio Medici' (1898) and his paper on 'The Scientific Knowledge of Dante' (1914). Lloyd Roberts was, indeed, a man of wide culture, as well as a famous collector of art treasures – mezzotints, watercolours, glass, porcelain, silver, furniture and books. He bequeathed to the Royal College of Physicians his valuable library of 3,000 volumes, including 53 incunabula. He also endowed the Lloyd Roberts Lectures, given annually on a subject of medical or scientific interest. A friend wrote on his death 'Any Manchester man could fill a book with tales, true and untrue, that have been told about Lloyd Roberts', and it was as a 'character', who had defined gynaecology as 'anything either curable or lucrative' and who drove daily through the busy streets of 1920 in an old-fashioned brougham, that he was widely known and loved.
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Royal College of Physicians, London
11 St Andrew's Place
Regent's Park, London, Greater London, England, NW1 4LE
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commissioned, 1923; on loan to the Royal Society of Medicine