Epps, John

BORN 15 Feb 1805, Sevenoaks, Kent - DIED 12 Feb 1869, London: Bloomsbury
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (016/PS (21377))

John Epps was the son of John Epps senior and the half brother of George Napoleon Epps. He was educated at the Protestant Dissenters' Grammar School in Mill Hill. When he was fifteen he became apprentice to an apothecary and in 1824 he went to Edinburgh to study Medicine. There his interest in phrenology started. He graduated in 1827 and returned to London.

There he started a practice and also started to lecture on chemistry and botany. In 1831 he married and he became Medical Director of the Royal Jennerian and London Vaccine Institution. In 1837 homeopathy attacted his attention after he read work by P.F. Curie. In his homepatic practice he mostly served the lower and middle classes, although he also treated Charlotte and Emily Brontė.

He had written a lot of articles for "The Lanclet", but after it refused to publish his writings on homeopathy he published them as a pamphlet that he titled "Rejected Cases". He wrote for several other journals as well. When his health started to fail he continued his lectures at home. He died in 1869.

Related persons
• is half-brother/half-sister of Epps, George Napoleon


The grave of John Epps at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (26 Jun 2009)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Epps

Epstein, Jacob

Published: 01 Aug 2010
Last update: 20 Feb 2022