Alexander Delisser: c1796-1844

In the previous blog, we learnt about Adam Lymburner Delisser changing his name by deed poll to take on the name of Lymburner when he was only twelve years old. This entry will give you some back ground on Adam’s father, Alexander Delisser.

It is not known where Alexander Delisser was born although their is a strong indication that he may have come from Jamaica. Alexander was a surgeon, working in London before he went to Italy and died there in 1844.

Alexander Delisser

Our descent from Alexander Delisser

Life Range: Abt 1796 – 4 May 1844
Age: 48
1821: A member of the Royal College of Surgeons; completes a course in midwifery.
1822: Chemistry course at London Hospital as well as courses in Materia Medica; Anatomy of Physiology; Anatomical Demonstrations; Theory and Practice of Medicine.
1823: Married Deborah Crawford from Canada on the same day as her sister Agnes Dickie Crawford to Samuel James Douglas.

Delisser Alexander 1823 Aug 2 & Deborah Crawford & Samuel Douglas and Agnes Crawford sister to Deborah Marriage Banns St Pancras parish chapel (481x800)Source:  Marriage from Parish Registers of St Pancras Church, Family Search Film No 0598182.

1824: Birth of Adam Lymburner Delisser while living in Judd Street, Middlesex
1826: Birth of Ellis William Delisser
1826: A Proprietor of The Skinners Estate paying rent in the Land Tax Records
1827: Birth of Agnes Isabella Elizabeth Delisser
1828: Alexander is listed in The Bankruptcy Directory, address Judd Street, Brunswick Square, London, England
1829: Birth of Edmund Alexander Delisser
1830: Birth of Adelaide Anna Delisser
1833: Birth of Alfred Delisser
1833: Apprentice to M Morales in Kingston, Jamaica. Apothecary for five years.
1834: Birth of Elizabeth Dora Delisser: Elizabeth died at the age of 10 months and is buried in St George, Bloomsbury.
1836: A Director for the British Channel Harbours’ Railway and The Eastern Union Gas Light and Coke Company. The latter company was formed for the purpose of affording protection to the consumers of gas in the eastern parts of the Metropolis, from the excessive charges, bad quality, and scanty supply of gas, to which they have hithero been subjected, and of which they have so long and so justly complained, an abundant supply of pure gas will be furnished at moderate but remunerating prices. (Source: The Times, Monday, Jun 27, 1836, p. 4)

Details of Alexander’s training were sourced from: Society of Apothecary; Guildhall Library Ms 8241/Vol 6

1837: Listed in the Electoral Register
1839: Listed as a surgeon in the 1839 Robson London and Birmingham Trade Directory at 1 Woburn Place, Russell Square, London.
1840: A member of the Royal College of Surgeons, address – Upper Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London.
1842: Robson’s London Directory, address – Russell Square, London
1844: Death of Alexander Delisser in Florence, Italy

Florence Burial Entry

A transcript from the Registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials for Florence, Italy reads: – “No. 67, May 7th 1844, Deliper – Alexander Delisper M D of London, died May 4th 1844 and was buried in the Protestant burial ground at Florence the 7th May 1844 aged 50 years by me George Robbins, Chaplain. NB: The bodies of a son and a daughter of the above Dr Delifser were transferred from London and interred in the Protestant Burial Ground at Florence in the …of 1846 – no service was performed. G Robbins.” Source: (CofE Burials, Holy Trinity, Italy, Florence LDS Film No 1647595)

1844: Excerpt from the Maquay Diaries: Item 37: On the 1st of January, 1844, Mrs. Trollope and her son went to the Pitti Palace to be presented to the Grand Duke and Duchess….” The night but one following the presentation Mrs. Trollope was seized with an alarming illness : fever, resulting, probably, from a chill. She was delirious for twenty-four hours, and during five succeeding days continued to get steadily worse. The treatment she was subjected to by an English physician then resident in Florence (he died something like forty years ago, I believe ; but I will not indicate his name even by an initial) was utterly mistaken ; and had the patient not possessed an exceptionally sound and vigorous constitution, she must have succumbed to it. She was bled, blistered, and mustard-plastered until her strength was rapidly and visibly reduced, and she was in imminent peril of sinking altogether. Her son insisted on calling in another physician in consultation, and thereby saved her life. The new doctor at once ordered port wine and bark, and nourishment at brief intervals. When Dr. No. 2 appeared on the scene, Dr. No. 1 had been about to crown his work by leeching the poor lady. This was, luckily, prevented, and she speedily recovered.

The physician called in consultation was a re- markably clever man, outside his profession as well as within it. He was, I think, a Frenchman – at any rate, of French extraction – and his name was Delisser. He, like Dr. Harrison of London on a former occasion, absolutely refused to accept a fee. Only four months after having cured Mrs. Trollope he died suddenly of gout in the heart. He had foretold the time and manner of his own death with almost perfect accuracy, having told his patient, Lady Sevestre, two years previously, that he gave himself about two years of life, and should then go very suddenly.” (Source:

Delissier, Alexander; Born: England 1796; Doctor; Died Firenze 4 May 1844 (50)  NOTES: The bodies of a son and a daughter of the above Dr Delisser were brought from London and interred in the Protestant Burial Ground at Florence in the beginning of 1846 – no service was performed. Death Certificates of Delissers supplied by way of Australia: – Delissier, Adelaide; Born: 1 Devonshire St., St Marylebone, London England 1832; Father: Alexander Delissier; Died 18 July 1845 (13) – Delissier, William Ellis; Born: 1 Devonshire St., St Marylebone, London, England 1827; Father: Alexander Delissier; Died 14 July 1845 (19) Maquay Diaries: 8 May 1844: ‘letter from P last night. Delisser died suddenly in their carriage on Saturday night.’ There is obviously a bit of a story here, inasmuch as the two offspring, Adelaide and William, died within 4 days of one another, just over a year after their father. Furthermore there is the unanswered question of why their Death Certificates came via Australia. The only possible connection found is the ‘Delissier sandhills’ in Western Australia – which in the mid 19th century was almost assuredly a somewhat desolate spot, if it isn’t today.

Reference to the Death Certificate via Australia in the article above, was to myself Jenny MacKay, when I sent proof of the connection to Alexander and the two children.

Source: The Sculptures Associated with Florence’s English Cemetery

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Sacred to the memory of Adelaide Delisser who died July 18 1845 aged 15 years
italy06-219Sacred to the memory of Ellis William Delisser who died July 14, 1845 ITALY06 220 (800x600)
Sacred to the memory of Dr Delisser died at Florence May the 4 1844 aged 48 years

A BIG thank you to my friend Jeni King who visited the English Cemetery in Florence on her trip to Europe in 2006 and took these photos for me. You may use these photos, but please acknowledge where you got them from. Thank you.


About Jenny MacKay

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