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Oxford Inscriptions: Sir William Osler


Sir William Osler

 

SIR WILLIAM OSLER Bt
MD • FRS
REGIUS PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE
LIVED IN THIS HOUSE
1907 [Osler’s arms] 1919

This plaque is on 13 Norham Gardens.

Osler’s coat of arms

A clearer version is here. When he became a baronet in 1911,
Osler chose the beaver and fleur-de-lis to symbolize his Canadian heritage,
three Cornish pilchards to represent his seafaring ancestors from Falmouth,
and the motto “Æquanimitas” (equanimity).

Wikipedia: Sir William Osler

Sir William Osler's house

 

William Osler (1849–1919) was a Canadian physician who in 1905 was appointed Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford, a post he held until his death. He was also a Fellow of Christ Church.

The 1911 census shows William Osler (61) and his American wife Grace Renée (56) living at 13 Norham Gardens (right). They stated that the house had 19 rooms (excluding bathrooms), and they had five servants living with them: a butler, cook, housemaid, parlourmaid, and kitchenmaid.

They had two sons: one died shortly after birth, and the other (Edward Revere Osler) at the Battle of Ypres in 1917.

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013