Patient Case Study: Main, Charles

In-patient, 1851


Hospital Dorset County Hospital Patient type In-patient
Number 1965 Date admitted 29 May 1851
Name Main, Chas. Renewed
Age 12 Under whose care Dr. Cowdell
Occupation Lab[ourer]’s son Disease Scrofula
Parish Hilton Discharged 12 Jul 1851
Recommended by R. H. Bingham Esqre. Outcome At own request
Source Dorset History Centre, Dorset County Hospital in-patient admissions register 1847-59, NG/HH/DO(C)/5/2/1



  1. 1851 census – Charles Main, aged 9, born Hilton, lived at Hilton in the home of his father Thomas Main, ag lab, aged 51, widower. [The National Archives, 1851 census, HO107/1853, folio 42, p. 12]
  1. In Charles Main, son of Thomas Main, labourer, aged 10, died of decline (uncertified) on 12 Sep 1851 at Hilton. [General Register Office death certificate]
  1. Charles Maine, aged 10, of Hilton, buried on 15 Sep 1851 at Hilton. Cause of death – “Evil”. [Dorset History Centre, Hilton burial register, PE/HIL: RE 4/1, p. 46, entry 361]

Comment: The census and death records indicate that the age in the hospital admission register was incorrect. The “Evil” was also known as scrofula or struma – a swelling of the lymph glands.