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Thomas Smethurst

b. c. 1807 d. 1873

Practised as a surgeon. Author of a work on the water cure, 1843. Proprietor of a hydropathic establishment at Moor Park, 1850–5, which he sold to Edward Wickstead Lane. Accused and acquitted of murdering a woman with whom he had entered into a bigamous relationship, 1859. Imprisoned for bigamy, 1859–60.


BMD (Death index)

Census returns of England and Wales 1851 (The National Archives: Public Record Office HO107/1595/311/13), 1871 (RG10/31/20/33)

England & Wales, national probate calendar (index of wills and administrations), 1858–1966, 1973–95 (, accessed 16 June 2017)

Modern English biography.


BMD: General Register Office, England and Wales civil registration indexes. England & Wales birth index, 1837–1983. England and Wales marriage index, 1837–1983. England and Wales death index, 1837–1983. Online database. Provo, Utah: The Generations Network. 2006.

Modern English biography: Modern English biography, containing many thousand concise memoirs of persons who have died since the year 1850. By Frederick Boase. 3 vols. and supplement (3 vols.). Truro, Cornwall: the author. 1892–1921.