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subjects which did not belong to it, was probably a good deal confined to the acquisitions he had made in the course of his excellent education, to the suggestions of conversation, and to the reflections of his own acute and powerful mind.
It would be difficult to produce an instance of a person equally disinterested, fair, candid, and generous; or one whose natural elevation of mind raised him more above the reach of temptation to whatever is base, sordid, or selfish. Of the truth of this character, the following anecdote, related by Mr. Bell in the Introductory Lecture to his Course of Anatomy, (from which interesting lecture we have derived many of the foregoing facts and observations,) affords a splendid proof:—
“The merest chance brought me acquainted with a circumstance very honourable to Dr. Baillie. While still a young man, and not affluent, his uncle William, dying, left him the small family-estate of Longcalderwood. We all know of the unhappy misunderstanding that existed between Dr. Hunter and his brother John. Dr. Baillie felt that he owed this bequest to the partiality of his uncle, and made it over to John Hunter. The latter long refused; but, in the end, the familyestate remained the property of the brother, and not of the nephew of Dr. Hunter."
There was one trait in Dr. Baillie's character which ought not to pass without special notice; namely, his professional liberality, not only to his equals in medical rank, but to his juniors, and to those who practised the subordinate part of his profession. Notwithstanding the multiplicity of professional engagements which occupied his time, even, as we have observed, to the destruction of his health, he was ever punctual to the moment of an appointment; and particularly so if he had to meet a junior practitioner in consultation. On that subject he has been heard to express himself in the following words : — “I consider it not only a professional but a moral duty punctually to meet my professional brethren of all ranks. My equals have a right to such a mark of my respect, and I should shudder at the apprehension of lessening a junior practitioner in the eyes of his patient, by not keeping an appoint
ment with him." It is owing to the constant manifestation of this feeling in Dr. Baillie's conduct, that the younger practitioners in medicine lament his loss, as that of a most valuable friend. They were always delighted to call him to a consultation, because he was scrupulously anxious not to obtrude himself in such a manner as might tend in any way to injure their interests or connection.
Dr. Baillie seemed to have an innate love of goodness, a secret sympathy with the virtuous, and to rejoice in their honourable and dignified conduct, as in a thing in which he had a personal interest, and as if he felt that his own character was raised by it, as well as human nature ennobled. He censured warmly what he disapproved, from a strong attachment to what is right, not to display his superiority to others, or to give vent to any asperity of temper; at the same time he was indulgent to failings. His kindness to others led him on many occasions to overlook what was due to himself; and even in his last illness he paid gratuitous professional visits which were above his strength, and was in danger of suddenly exhausting himself by his exertions for others. His liberal disposition is well known to all who are acquainted with public charitable subscriptions; the great extent to which it showed itself in private benefactions is known only to those who were nearly connected with him, and perhaps was fully known only to himself.
To the profound respect entertained for Dr. Baillie by the college of which he was so distinguished an ornament, the following occurrence bears ample testimony. At the last quarterly commission before his death, when there was a full assemblage of members, in the midst of the affairs for the consideration of which they were called together, Dr. Baillie entered the room, emaciated, hectic, and with all the symptoms of approaching dissolution. Such was the effect of his sudden and unexpected appearance, that the public business was suspended, and every one present instantly and spontaneously rose, and remained standing until Dr. Baillie had taken his seat; a tribute of affectionate reverence which
we believe to be wholly unprecedented. reached the College of Physicians of the melancholy event of Dr. Baillie's death, the following memorial of respect was ordered to be inserted in the College Annals: it is dated the 30th of September, 1823:
"That our posterity may know the extent of its obligations to the benefactor whose death we deplore, be it recorded, that Dr. Baillie gave the whole of his most valuable collection of anatomical preparations to the college, and six hundred pounds for the preservation of the same; and this, too, (after the example of the illustrious Harvey,) in his lifetime.
"His contemporaries need not an enumeration of his many virtues to account for their respectful attachment to him whilst he lived, or to justify the profound grief which they feel at his death. But to the rising generation of physicians it may be useful to hold up, for an example, his remarkable simplicity of heart, his strict and clear integrity, his generosity, and that religious principle by which his conduct seemed always to be governed, as well calculated to secure to them the respect and good will of their colleagues, and the profession at large, and the high estimation and confidence of the public."
Dr. Baillie had an elder brother, who died very young, and two sisters, who survive him, - Mrs. Agnes and Mrs. Joanna Baillie; the latter well known in the literary world, as the author of the " Series of Plays on the Passions," and of the " Metrical Legends." He married Sophia, a daughter of the late Dr. Denman, and sister of the Common Sergeant and Lady Croft, whom he has left, with a son and daughter, to lament their irreparable loss, with the consolation, however, whenever they shall be able to make use of it, of having shared and added to the enjoyments of his life.
He bequeathed by his will three hundred pounds to the College of Physicians, and all his medical, surgical, and anatomical books, together with all the copper-plates belonging to his "Illustrations of Mordid Anatomy," as well as a number of little curiosities, among which is the gold-headed cane
of the celebrated Dr. Radcliffe, (In case of the death of his son, William Hunter Baillie, without issue, he has also left. to the college a further bequest of four thousand pounds.) He has directed his two Introductory Lectures to his Courses of Morbid Anatomy, his Lectures upon the Nervous System, delivered before the College of Physicians, and a short Account of his Medical Practice, to be printed, but not published; remarking that, though not sufficiently important for publication, they may yet contain matter too useful to be altogether lost. The various articles of plate presented to him in the course of his professional practice are left to his son, to be preserved in the family. Three hundred pounds are left to the Society for the Relief of Widows and Orphans of Medical Men; to Mrs. Baillie he has left his house, furniture, &c., a sum of two thousand pounds, and one thousand per annum; to his sisters, Agnes and Joanna Baillie, one hundred and fifty pounds per annum each; and there is further provision, to a considerable amount, for these and other legatees, in case of his son dying without issue, to whom is given the residuary personal estate, as well as the freeholds in the county of Gloucester and elsewhere. Thomas Denman and Thomas William Carr, Esqrs., are the executors, and have a legacy of 1001. each as a compliment for their trouble. The will was proved in the Prerogative Court on the 21st of October, 1823, and the effects were sworn under 80,000l. It is dated the 21st of May, 1819.
LORD GLENBERVIE was the eldest son of John Douglas, Esq. of Fechil, in the parish of Ellon, county of Aberdeen.
The said John Douglas was tenth in lineal male descent from William Douglas, first Earl of Douglas; which William was paternal nephew and successor, as heir male, to James, eighth Lord Douglas, (called by the Scottish historians the good Sir James,) who flourished in the time of Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, and Edward I., King of England. The said William was seventh in male descent from William de Douglas, first Lord Douglas, who was descended from Sholto Douglas, said to have flourished in 700. John Douglas was the great-great-grandson, and became (in consequence of the death of his elder brother George, and of Robert and James, the only sons of George, who both died unmarried,) lineal heir male of the body of the Reverend James Douglas, of Glenbervie; which James was brother to William the ninth Earl of Angus, the said ninth earl being the sixth in lineal male descent from the above-named William, the first Earl of Douglas, and great-grandson to Archibald, the fifth Earl of Angus, (styled the Great Earl,) whose second son was Gawin Douglas, Bishop of Dunkeld, author of the celebrated translation of Virgil.
The said Archibald was the common ancestor of the Lady Margaret Douglas, maternal sister of James V. of Scotland,