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Barrie MacKay 2015
Dr. John Lowe Price MRCS LRCP (1841-1916)

Born at Wrexham, Denbighshire, the son of Joseph Edward & Jane Price, Dr Price qualified to practise medicine in 1865 and by 1867 was working in Kettering, based at 18 Gold Street. Initially he may have understudied Dr James Logan, Medical Officer of Kettering Union No. 2 (or Burton Latimer) District, but in the event, when Dr Logan resigned in 1867, Dr Price replaced him as District Medical Officer and Vaccinator, offices which he was to hold until March 1906 (shown in Kelly’s Directory entries 1885–1903 as “surgeon & medical officer & vaccinator for Kettering No. 2 district & certifying factory surgeon”). For further details of these appointments click here In 1868, Dr Price married Mary Eliza Steavenson (1845–1908) at Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, Mrs Price originally coming from Bovingdon in Hertfordshire. Their six children were born at Kettering between 1869 and 1879. Dr Price’s final active years were spent in partnership with his one son, Dr Ernest Aubrey Price, at 23 & 24 Gold Street, Kettering. Printed in the Dec 27, 1916 edition of The Evening Telegraph was the following obituary:

“Many of our readers will regret to hear of the death of Dr John Lowe Price, of Kettering, which took place about 10.15 on Christmas Day.

The deceased gentleman, who had been a doctor in the town as long as many inhabitants can remember, was well known throughout a wide area, and greatly respected. Nearly half a century has elapsed since the deceased gentleman came to the town from North Wales, and he has occupied the same premises in Gold-street nearly the whole of that lengthy period. In addition to being medical practitioner to many local families, he was for many years medical officer of what is known as the Burton Latimer District, but a few years ago he felt compelled to relinquish that office by reason of advancing years. He was for a long time, too, doctor to factories, and to various insurance clubs.

Dr Price was ardently attached to the Parish Church and attended the services there until infirmities grew upon him. In politics he was a Conservative. Whilst unostentatious in all that he did for the welfare of those amongst whom he lived, he had the interests of the town at heart and with his wife (who passed away eight years ago) and members of his family, did much for the welfare of the poor.

Dr Price, who was 75 years of age, had been ailing for about three years. Some months ago, it will be remembered, he fell at the railway station. Since then he has been seen out very little. The last time he was out walking was about last August. Since then the deceased gentleman has now and again been driven about the district. Lately, however, he had kept more to the home, and for the last week he was almost entirely in his room.

There are four sons and two daughters left to mourn their loss, and with them considerable sympathy is felt in their great sorrow. The funeral has been fixed to take place on Friday.”

The “Memories of a Villager” recall Dr Price’s routine visits to Burton Latimer here

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