William Fetherstone Montgomery

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William Fetherstone Montgomery (1797–1859) was an Irish obstetrician credited for first describing the Glands of Montgomery.[1]

William Fetherstone Montgomery
Resting placeMount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin
Alma materTrinity College, Dublin
OccupationAcademia (Professor of Midwifery), Obstetrics, Gynecology
Years active1820s–1859
EmployerCollege of Physicians
Known forObstetrics, Gynecology


Montgomery was born, raised and educated in Dublin, Ireland. He attended medical school at Trinity College, Dublin. After graduating Montgomery was appointed professor of Midwifery at the College of Physicians in Dublin and would later serve two terms as President of the College.[2]

His papers and studies were focused on the breast, in particular changes to the nipple and areola.[2] He was instrumental in establishing the chair of obstetrics at the Irish College of Physicians. He died in 1859 of angina pectoris and buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin.

Montgomery was married; his great-grandson H. L. Hardy Greer was an obstetrician at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast.[2]


  1. ^ William Featherstone Montgomery
  2. ^ a b c O'Sullivan JF (1980). "Some highlights of obstetrics in Ireland". The Ulster Medical Journal. 49 (2): 105–11. PMC 2385982. PMID 7003890.

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