John Thistlewood Davenport

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1891 advertisement for J. Collis Browne's Chlorodyne

John Thistlewood Davenport (1817–1901) was an English pharmacist and businessman.[1] He was the founder of J. T. Davenport & Sons, a pharmaceuticals company based in Great Russell Street, London which sold Dr. John Collis Browne's famous 'chlorodyne.' Davenport served as Vice-President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (formerly the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain) from 1853–55 and as its President, 1855-56.

Davenport was nephew of Arthur Thistlewood, the leader of the Cato Street conspiracy. He married Cecilia Hopgood, daughter of Thomas Burn Hopgood (1785–1860), the London silvermaker. His second wife was Eliza Clarendon Forbes, daughter of Captain John Forbes. Amongst his children were Horace Davenport the athlete and Cambridge University's one time representative in the 'mile dash' and Rev. John M. Davenport. Davenport's grandson was Hayward Davenport who later took over the business.


  1. ^ Deaths, The Chemist and Druggist, p. 12 (January 2, 1902)