Knighton, William


M.A. and M.D. 24.5.1800 on testimonials signed by Stephen Luke M.D., Falmouth and Charles Ainsworth M.D. in the county of Devon.


Born 1776 at Beer Ferris, Devon son of William Knighton and grandson of William Knighton of Grenoven, Whitchurch.


Studied at Edinburgh University - medical student 1804-1806. Also M.D. 1806 King’s College, Aberdeen.

L.R.C.P.L. 1806.

Assistant surgeon, Royal Naval hospital, Plymouth.

Practised in Hanover Square, London. Physician to Prince Regent. Made a baronet in 1813. Private Secretary and Privy Purse to George IV. Portrait by Sir David Wilkie. [Doctor]


Died 11.10.1836 aged 59.


  • Memoirs, 2 vols. 1838
  • Munk's Roll iii 39
  • W. I. C. Morris, Sir William Knighton on the invisible accoucheur, Lloyd Roberts Memorial lecture. Manchester Medical School Gazette c.1976
  • A. Aspinall, George IV and Sir William Knighton, EHR 55 1940 57 - 82)
  • William Knighton in Wikipedia.