John Floyer (physician)

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John Floyer
Born 3 March 1649
Hints, Staffordshire, England
Died 1 February 1734 (1734-03) (aged 84)
Education University of Oxford
Occupation Physician, author
Spouse(s) Mary Fleetwood
Children John Floyer
Parent(s) Richard Floyer
Elizabeth Babington

Sir John Floyer (3 March 1649 – 1 February 1734) was an English physician and author.

Early life[edit]

John Floyer was born on 3 March 1649. He was the third child and second son of Elizabeth Babington and Richard Floyer, of Hints Hall, a since demolished country house. Hints is a quiet village lying a short distance from Lichfield in Staffordshire.[1] He was educated at the University of Oxford.


He practised in Lichfield, and it was by his advice that Dr Johnson, when a child, was taken by his mother to be touched by Queen Anne for the king's evil on 30 March 1714. As a physician, Floyer was best known for introducing the practice of pulse rate measurement, and creating a special watch for this purpose. He was an advocate of cold bathing, and gave an early account of the pathological changes in the lungs associated with emphysema.

Personal life[edit]

Floyer was married to Mary Fleetwood of Lichfield, a widow, in April 1680.[2] Their son John Floyer (c.1681–1762) was a Tory Member of Parliament for Tamworth from 1741 to 1742.[3]

He died on 1 February 1734.



  1. ^ Sir John Floyer, M
  2. ^ Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1500–1714, Vol. II, Joseph Foster, Parker and Co., Oxford, 1891
  3. ^ Sedgwick, Romney R. (1970). R. Sedgwick, ed. "FLOYER, John (c.1681–1762), of Hints Hall, nr. Tamworth, Staffs". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715–1754. Boydell and Brewer. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 


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