John Gideon Millingen

Life
1782-1862; doctor and author; b. Westminster, of Irish and Dutch origins; ed. Paris, medical degree; asst. surg. in British Army, 1802; served in Penisular War and won medal at Waterloo; also at the surrender of Paris; retired, 1823; appt. physician to military asylum at Chatham and Hanwell, 1837; medical and other works, incl. Ladies at Home, or Gentlemen, We Can Do Without You (1819); The Illustrious Stranger, or Married and Buried (1827); Who’ll Lend Me a Wife? (1834); The Miser’s Daughter (1835); Borrowed Feathers (1836); also Sketches of Ancient and Modern Boulogne (1826); Adventures of an Irish Gentleman, 3 Vol. (1830); The History of Duelling (1841); Recollections of Republican France from 1790 to 1801 (1848), and other works. ODNB RAF.

 

Works
The Bee-hive
, mus. farce (1818); Ladies at Home, or Gentlemen, We Can Do Without You (1819); The Illustrious Stranger, or Married and Buried (Drury Lane, 1827); Who’ll Lend Me a Wife? (1834); The Miser’s Daughter (1835); Borrowed Feathers (1836). Prose, Sketches of Anc. and Mod. Bouloghe (1826); Adventures of an Irish Gentleman, 3 Vol. (1830); Stories of Torres Vedras (1839); The History of Duelling (1841); Jack Hornet, or the March of Intellect (1845); Recollections of Republican France from 1790 to 1801 (1848).

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References
English Novels 1830-36: A Bibliography of British Fiction (Cardiff) lists John Gideon Millingen, Adventures of an Irish Gentleman. In Three Volumes. (London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington-Street, 1830), Vol. I: xv, 299pp.; Vol. II: 308pp.; Vol. III: 297pp., 12°, boards [31s. 6d.; var/ 28s. 6d.; notices from Dec 1829; held in 9 libraries. Introduction, pp.[iii]–xv, notes that the novel is based on the life of ‘O’Shannon’, an acquaintance of the author’s, and that the events were written from memoirs given to the author four years before O’Shannon’s death on 2 Oct 1816. List of ‘Popular Novels’ at end of Vol. 2 incls. The Anglo-Irish, or Love and Politics, 3 vols. post 8vo. [31s. 6d.]’ Printer’s marks and colophons of Samuel Bentley, Dorset Street, Fleet Street; orig. adv. in Star as ‘nearly ready’ (7 Dec 1829); another edn. 1830 [1831]. (See English Novels, 1830-36 - online; accessed 20.06.2010.]

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