Horace Evans, 1st Baron Evans

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Horace Evans, 1st Baron Evans (1 January 1903 – 26 October 1963) was a Welsh physician who served the royal family of the United Kingdom. Historian Peter Hennessy says, "he was probably the leading general physician of his generation." However, he was involved in the botched operation on Foreign Minister Anthony Eden in 1953, from which Eden's health never fully recovered.[1]

Background and education[edit]

Evans was born in Merthyr Tydfil, son of the prominent musician Harry Evans. His younger brother, Hubert, became a diplomat. He grew up in Dowlais when his family moved to Liverpool he was educated at Liverpool College. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music, but decided on a career in medicine, and studied at the London Hospital medical school from 1921 to 1928.

Career[edit]

He continued his career at the London Hospital, and became physician to Queen Mary in 1946. He was later physician to her son, King George VI and to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. In 1957 he was created Baron Evans, of Merthyr Tydfil in the County of Glamorgan.[2]

Family[edit]

Lord Evans was married, with two daughters. He died in October 1963, aged 60, when the barony became extinct.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Hennessy, Having it So Good: Britain in the Fifties (2007) pp 408-9.
  2. ^ "No. 41116". The London Gazette. 2 July 1957. p. 3964. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Evans
1957–1963
Extinct