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Boughton Kyngdon 1819 -1899

October 24, 2009

King's College, LondonBoughton Kyngdon 1819 -1899 MD Cambridge 1840, LSA 1842, was an Australian orthodox physician, Medical Associate at King’s College, London, who converted to homeopathy, Physician at the Exeter Homeopathic Dispensary,

Boughton Kyngdon travelled to England to train as a doctor and to practice, with some visits back to Australia, he eventually returned to Australia to live and to practice permanently in the 1878s, and he died in Sydney.

Boughton Kyngdon was a colleague of Arthur Crowden Clifton, John Burgh Crampern, Samuel Gurney, Thomas Robinson Leadam, A R Pite, Alfred Crosby Pope, Frederick Rosher, Stephen Yeldham, and his colleagues at  The Exeter Homeopathic Dispensary, Arthur Guinness, Henry Kelsall, William Kingdon,

Boughton Kyngdom practiced at The Exeter Homeopathic Dispensary and at Rose Hill, 28 Queen Street, Exeter in 1868, at  The Elms, Park Hill, Croydon in the 1870s, and in Sydney Australia in 1885,

Boughton Kyngdon married Elizabeth Cobb 1820 - 1893

Children of Elizabeth Maria Cobb and Boughton Kyngdon are:

Francis Boughton Kyngdon 1848 - 1920 in Bowral, NSW, Aust. He married Florence Elizabeth Evans 1886 - 1943; (member of the Royal Microscopical Society London in 1878, member of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 1868),

Julia Frances Kyngdon 1850 - 1920. She married James Edward Doidge Taunton, of Kurrachee, East Indies 11 March 1872 in Croydon, Surrey, England, son of William Doidge Taunton and Barbara Jane Cresswell (he was born 1843 in Monmouth, England, and died 2 FEB 1938);

Frederick Henry Kyngdon was born (Sydney Australia)

  1. He married Amy Berry. He married Ethel De La Couer; (educated University of Aberdeen M.B, CM 1876, MD 1878),

Jessie Elizabeth Kyndgon was born ?1853 in Exeter, Devon, England

  • 1927;

Geraldine Mary Kyngdon 1856 (in Exeter England) - 1941 (in Sydney Australia). She married William Manderville Barker (in 1881 in Sydney Australia).

Leslie Herbert Kyngdon 1860 - 1922 (1923);

Bertram Carr Kyngdon 1863 - 1949. He married Estelle Meredith.

Boughton Kyngdon was also a parrott breeder and Zoologist,

Boughton Kyngdon submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic publications, including Remarks on Typhoid or Enteric Fever, Acute Ovaritis During Pregnancy,

Of interest;

Leslie Herbert Kyngdon 1860  - 1923, son of Boughton Kyngdon,

Leslie Herbert Kyngdon 1860  - 1923, regular soldier, was born on 10 July 1860 at Exeter, Somerset, England, son of Boughton Kyngdon, medical practitioner, and his wife Elizabeth Maria, nee Cobb. Fourth child in a family of five sons and three daughters, he was educated at Whitgift School, Croydon, Surrey.

The family migrated to Sydney in 1878. They were then in comfortable circumstances but their fortune was later embezzled by a lawyer.

Kyngdon was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the artillery of the New South Wales Volunteer Forces on 30 June 1880 and promoted lieutenant in 1881 and captain in 1884.

He served as captain commanding ‘D’ Company, New South Wales Infantry Battalion, in the Sudan campaign of 1885, taking part in the advance on Tamai. He transferred to the permanent forces, New South Wales Artillery, on 12 November 1885 as a lieutenant and was promoted captain in 1891.

In 1896 he was sent to England for six months attachment to the Royal Artillery and on his return was appointed adjutant, 2nd Garrison Division. Released for active service in the South African War, he was a special service officer with the Royal Artillery from January to December 1900 and later served in Cape Colony and the Orange River Colony.

In 1902-05 Kyngdon was staff officer, Artillery, in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales and was promoted major in February 1905. Commander of Thursday Island in 1906-08, he was company officer in the Royal Australian Artillery in New South Wales in 1908-09.

From February 1910 he commanded the Royal Australian Artillery (coastal defences) in Queensland, then Victoria, and in 1912-16 New South Wales, being promoted lieutenant-colonel in November 1910. Promoted colonel in April 1916, he was inspector of coast defences until June 1919 when he became temporary chief of ordnance.

He was placed on the retired list in November 1919 with the honorary rank of brigadier general.

Although, apparently, Kyngdon ‘had an eye for the ladies’ he never married. After retirement, he lived at the Athenaeum Club, Melbourne, until his death from cancer on 11 April 1923 at Mount St Evin’s Hospital, Fitzroy. He was buried in Brighton cemetery with Anglican rites.

Kyngdon was much respected and known in the army as ‘Gruffy’. His bitch Nettle, feared by junior officers, slept at the entrance to the officers’ mess until the last officer came home. Nettle would then go to ‘Gruffy’s’ bed, wake him and he would note the time. Next day Kyngdon would pick the officer who showed the most obvious signs of tiredness and ask what had kept him out so late.

Kyngdon’s service in the Australian Army spanned forty years and three conflicts in which Australian troops were involved. Apart from his campaign medals for service in the Sudan and South Africa he received a mention for ‘meritorious service’ on the home front in World War I.