Richard Brocklesby, an English physician, born of a Quaker family at Minehead, in Somersetshire, Aug. 11, 1722, died in London, Dec. 11, 1797. He studied medicine at Edinburgh, and subsequently at Leyden, where he took his doctor's degree in 1745. In 1746 he published an essay on the mortality of horned cattle. He was physician of the British forces in Germany from 1758 to 1763, and published his observations on medical hospitals on his return. In 1763, when John Wilkes was severely wounded in a duel with Mr. Martin, he was attended by Dr. Brocklesby. In 1765 he was elected fellow of the royal society, which at his suggestion founded a professorship of chemistry at the royal military academy of Woolwich. For over 40 years he was on intimate terms with the leading statesmen, authors, artists, and other persons of note in London. He attended on Dr. Johnson for many years without fee. When it was proposed that Johnson should visit the continent for a milder climate, and want of means was mentioned as a reason why the journey was to be abandoned, Brocklesby offered to settle on him £100 for life.