Sir Fielding Ould (1710–29 November 1789) was an Irish doctor and medical writer.[1][2]

Ould was the son of British Army Captain Abraham Ould (1689–1715) and a Miss Shawe of Galway, in which city he was born. He studied in Paris and settled in Golden Lane, Dublin as a medical practitioner in 1736. He published an enormously influential treatise on midwifery in 1742, although it was criticized for a number of factual errors.

An obstetrician, he acquired a huge practice and was master of the Rotunda Hospital (the Dublin lying-in hospital). After a lengthy battle he was eventually granted his licence as a physician. In 1759 he was knighted for services to the medical profession. He died of apoplexy at his home on South Frederick Street and was buried at St. Ann's Churchyard, Dawson Street.[3]

He had at least two children, including William, who was chaplain of the Rotunda Hospital. Later descendants included the painter Sir Fielding Fielding-Ould, and the noted architect William Vitruvius Morrison.



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  3. ^ Dunn, Peter M. (1999). "Bartholomew Mosse (1712–59), Sir Fielding Ould (1710–89), and the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin". Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 81 (1): F74–F76. doi:10.1136/fn.81.1.f74.
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