Biography of Claudius Amyand
Claudius Amyand was born to a huguenot family that had fled from Mornac in Xaitonge, France. The Amiands were naturalised at Westminster on September 9, 1698. Claudius Amyand served as a surgeon with the army in Flanders and became a member of the Royal Society in 1716.
He was a surgeon at St. George's Hospital in London and held the office of Surgeon-in-Ordinary (1715-1740) to King George II (1683-1760). He married Mary Rabachethey and they had three sons.
He published interesting observations on rare surgical cases in the Philosophical Transactions. His son, Sir George Amyand, first Baronet (1720-1766) became a director of the East India Company. Another son, Claudius Amyand, became Keeper of the King’s Library (the Cottonian) in 1745.
The name was probably originally spelled d’Amyand, then became de Amyand. The ”de” was later dropped.
We thank B. Marcus Bailey, Grace E. Jacobs and Jill Amyand for information submitted.