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Sir Robert Sibbald (1641–1722)

Photo credit: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

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Robert Sibbald, son of David Sibbald, was born in a house near the head of Blackfriars Wynd, Edinburgh. His mother was Margaret Boyd, eldest daughter of Robert Boyd of Kipps, Linlithgowshire. In his autobiography, Sibbald describes his mother as: 'a virtuous and pious matron of great sagacity and firmness of mind and very careful of my education'. She died at Kipps, leaving the estate to Robert. Following a theological course in Edinburgh, Sibbald studied medicine in Leyden and Paris, and from Angiers he obtained his licence to practise medicine.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh



oil on wood


H 73.6 x W 55.9 cm

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