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Royal Medical Benevolent College Fund

Royal Medical Benevolent College Fund, 37, Soho Square. The Royal Medical Benevolent College, incorporated by Act of Parliament, and founded in 1851 at Epsom by the medical profession as an asylum for those of their brethren who, from ill-health, want of professional success, or other adverse influences, have sunk into poverty; and for the widows of medical men in reduced circumstances. With it is combined a school, devoted, in part, to the gratuitous education of orphans of medical men.

The purposes of the Royal Medical Benevolent College Fund are—
To maintain an asylum, in which 100 pensioners, who must be duly qualified medical men, or their widows, not under 50 years of age (possessing incomes of at least 15, and not more than 60 a year), shall be provided with three furnished rooms each, and with such additional assistance and accommodation as the funds may permit.

To provide a school (noticed in a subsequent chapter), in which a liberal education will be given to 200 boys, the sons of newly qualified medical men.

To provide annuities, or occasional pecuniary assistance, to duly qualified medical men in distressed circumstances, or to their families.

That portion of the building which is destined for the school is so far completed as to accommodate 150 boys.

There are at the present time resident in the college 20 pensioners, each of whom is provided with three comfortably furnished rooms, and allowance of coals, and a pension of 15 a year.

Treasurer, John Propert, Esq.—Secretary, Robert Freeman, Esq.—Office, 37, Soho Square.


SOURCE: The Charities of London, by Samuel Low, Jun., London: Sampson Low, Son,
and Marston, Milton House, Ludgate Hill. 1861.