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William Robert Wills Wilde
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Birth: 1815
Death: Apr. 19, 1876

Surgeon and Antiquarian. Born at. Kilkeevin, nr. Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Educated at Elphin Diocesan School. Qualified as a surgeon at Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin, 1837. He continued his studies at Moorsfields Eye Hospital, London, with visits to Vienna, Berlin, and Heidelberg where he learned of scientific advances in ENT treatment. He settled in Dublin in 1841 and soon built up a large and rewarding practice as an eye and ear specialist. Appointed Medical Commissioner to the Irish Census, 1841, a post retained in two successive Censuses. He established Molesworth St. Hospital in 1844 and later established St Mark’s Opthalmic Hospital, in the disused Park St. Medical School at Lincoln Place. This was later incorporated with the Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Pembroke Road. He became editor of the Dublin Journal of Medical Science in 1854. He was knighted by Victoria, 1864 for work on the Irish Census in which he provided exemplary data covering years including the famine period. He received the Cunningham Medal, the highest award of the Royal Irish Academy, in 1873. He published the The Beauties of the Boyne and the Blackwater (1849), the Catalogue of Antiquities in the Museum of the Royal Irish Academy, including animal materials and bronze, stone, and gold (1858, 1862), Lough Corrib, Its Shores and Islands (1867). He prepared tables on Famine mortality, wrote topographical and medical works and coined the term ‘tymboglyphies’ for engravings at the Newgrange megalithic mound. In spite of his own personal achievements he is more commonly remembered as the father of Oscar Wilde. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Jane Francesca Agnes Elgee Wilde (1821 - 1896)*
 
 Children:
  William Robert Kingsbury Wills Wilde (1852 - 1899)*
  Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)*
 
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Burial:
Mount Jerome Cemetery and Crematorium
Dublin
County Dublin, Ireland
 
Created by: Frank Duffin
Record added: Sep 09, 2005
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William Robert Wills Wilde
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William Robert Wills Wilde
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William Robert Wills Wilde
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