Joseph Francis Olliffe

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Sir Joseph Francis Olliffe, MA, MD, FRCP (1808 – 14 March 1869) was an Irish-born British physician.

Early life[edit]

Sir Joseph Olliffe was born in 1808 in Cork, Ireland. His father was Joseph Francis Olliffe (c. 1776 – 1830), a merchant of Cork. His mother was Elizabeth McCarthy (1777 – 10 March 1851), who was the daughter of Charles McCarthy of Sunville, County Limerick.


He was educated in Paris, and graduated Master of Arts at the university in 1829, and Doctor of Medicine in 1840. For some time he acted as tutor in the family of the Count de Cresnoi, but in 1840 he commenced the practice of medicine in Paris. He was a fellow of the Anatomical Society of Paris, and at one period filled the post of president of the Paris Medical Society. In 1846, Louis-Philippe appointed Olliffe a knight of the Legion of Honour, and he was promoted to the rank of Officer in 1855 by Napoleon III.

In March 1852 he became physician to the British embassy, and on 13 June 1853 was knighted at Buckingham Palace.[citation needed]

The board of trade nominated him a juror for hygiene, pharmacy, surgery, and medicine in the French international exhibition in April 1855; in 1861 he was appointed one of the committee for sanitary appliances in the international exhibition of 1862, and he became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1859. He enjoyed for many years a large practice and considerable social position.[citation needed]

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 19 April 1841, Sir Joseph married Laura Cubitt, who was born on 2 February 1823 in St Pancras, Middlesex, England and died in 1898 in London. She was the second daughter of Sir William Cubitt; the couple inherited a large fortune from her father. The couple bore two children:

a son - Hamilton G H Oliffe 1859-1886 who predeceased his mother.

Later life[edit]

Sir Joseph Olliffe was the friend and personal physician of the Count de Morny, whom he joined in extensive building operations at Deauville, France.[citation needed]

He died in Brighton, England on 14 March 1869.