Medals awarded to King Edward VII’s doctor could fetch £3,000
MEDALS awarded to King Edward VII’s doctor could sell for £3,000 at an auction later this month.
Sir Joseph Fayrer, who lived at Falmouth, was the King’s ‘physician extraordinary’ for six years at the turn of the 20th Century.
He spent much of his life in India and was there during the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
It was during his time in India that Sir Joseph became acquainted with the future king, then the Prince of Wales.
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In 1875, Fayrer was chosen to accompany King Edward on his tour throughout India.
The medals being auctioned at Bonhams in London on October 16, which could sell for between £2,000 and £3,000, include his Indian Mutiny medal and his India General Service 1854-1895 medal.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) says: “On his return he (Fayrer) was gazetted honorary physician to the prince. With the prince he formed a friendship which lasted for life.”
The ODNB continues: “Fayrer was a prolific writer on Indian climatology, the pathology of Indian diseases, sanitation and above all on venomous snakes.
“The Thanatophidia of India is a classic contribution to the literature of snakes and snakebites.”
According to ODNB, he was made a baronet in 1896, earning him the title of Sir.
The remainder of his life was spent mainly in Falmouth, where he indulged his passions for deep-sea fishing and yachting.
At the time of the 1901 census – at around the time he became the King’s physician – Sir Joseph, his wife Bethia, sister in law Helen, his private secretary Edith Parry, and lady’s maid, Mary Craig, were living at Joseph Lord’s boarding house at 4, Cliff Road, Falmouth.
Later Sir Joseph and Lady Fayrer moved to Belfield in Wood Lane, Falmouth, which Sir Joseph mentioned in his Who’s Who entry.
He died at Belfield on May 21,1907.