William Butter - Doctor of Medicine

William Butter

Born Feb 1726
Died May 23, 1805 in London


Dr. Butter


Married (1767) to Catherine Douglas, a cousin of James Boswell. Sometime physician at Derby.

According to James P. Warbasse in the article "Doctors of Samuel Johnson and his Court":

"[Dr. Butter] practiced at Derby till he acquired moderate fortune and then moved to London. He was the author of a number of treatises, and be came a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians."1

Life with Boswell: 

Dr. Butter was married to the daughter of Sir John Douglas, a first cousin of James Boswell. He is mentioned a few times in The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., and it was in connection with a visit by Johnson and Boswell to Dr. Butter that the famous quote "We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed..." occured.