Gilbert Blane

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Gilbert Blane was born by Kirkoswald in Ayrshire to Gilbert and Agnes back in 1749.  He studied medicine at Edinburgh University and at Glasgow receiving his MD in 1778.  In 1779, he moved to London where he was appointed Physician to the Fleet from 1779-1783. 

When the Spanish besieged Gibraltar he was aboard a ship when they caught up to them in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, sailing to the West Indies.  While he was Physician to the Fleet he did much to improve the health of the sailors by improving their diet and sanitary conditions.  With his leadership, he complied a detailed picture of the high levels of sickness effecting the sailors. 

On his return, he became Physician to St Thomas’ Hospital (1783-1795).  He was a founding member of the Fellow of the Royal Society.  With all his knowledge, he was often consulted about questions of public hygiene.  He died in London in 1834. 

What you may not know about Sir Gilbert Blane is that he was responsible for the sailors being issued lime juice to their diet to overcome the effects of scurvy.  Hence the name “limey” becoming a slang word for a British person.    Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

James, I had an inkling that he figured out how to prevent scurvy and I was familiar with the orign of limey.

Jul 02, 2017 04:59 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Must be the Margarita was not invented yet!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 02, 2017 05:29 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We are with Raymond E. Camp on this one...also works with Moscow Mules...our summer "deck drink" of choice !

Jul 02, 2017 06:18 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Had no clue about Gilbert, but like how Sally uses lime juice! Me too! Enjoy your day!

Jul 02, 2017 06:31 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning, well now I know something new. Have a great 4th.

Jul 02, 2017 06:33 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is neat, I have heard the term before, but never really knew where it came from!

Jul 02, 2017 06:45 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This one knocked me out. Where do you find this stuff?  :)

Jul 02, 2017 07:10 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


At last something I knew including the term "limey"!  Enjoy your Sunday.  A

Jul 02, 2017 09:36 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- so that's where Limey comes from!!  Hope you had fun with the little round ones. 

Jul 02, 2017 01:39 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.


Jul 03, 2017 03:06 AM #10
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