Dr Samuel Crumpe born in Rathkeale in 1766. He studied medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Returning to Limerick in 1788, he worked in St. John’s Hospital which had only been founded in 1780 by Lady Lucy Pery Harstonge.
He married Susanna Ingram in 1792, they had a son (who did not live past infancy) and a daughter.
He was a made freeman of Limerick in 25 June 1792. Dr. Crumpe’s work on opium provided an experimental basis for classifying the drug as a stimulant rather than a narcotic. He died on the 27 January 1796 aged 29 of typhus which he contracted from a patient.
He is buried in St. Mary’s Cathedral Graveyard.
The following is an extract from Dr Samuel Crumpe’s diary of 1795 in which he kept track of the weather each day of that year, monitoring the barometer reading, wind direction, thermostat reading (from March onwards) and general remarks. The temperatures given are in Fahrenheit. 50 degrees Fahrenheit equals 10 degrees Celsius.
The following are the entries from his weather diary of 1795 for December.
|01 Dec 1795||29.9||53||W||Dry|
|02 Dec 1795||29.9||50||NW||Showers|
|03 Dec 1795||29.9||53||NW||Dry|
|04 Dec 1795||29.9||56||W||Moist|
|05 Dec 1795||30||55||W||Dry|
|06 Dec 1795||29.9||55||W||Dry|
|07 Dec 1795||30||56||W||Dry|
|08 Dec 1795||30.1||56||W||Heavy mist|
|09 Dec 1795||30.1||53||W||Heavy mist|
|10 Dec 1795||30.1||47||NW||Dry|
|11 Dec 1795||30||45||E||Dry|
|12 Dec 1795||29.5||45||SE||Wet, barom falling fast,storm|
|13 Dec 1795||29.7||50||S||Wet|
|14 Dec 1795||29.2||50||S||Dry|
|15 Dec 1795||29.2||2||SE||Wet|
|16 Dec 1795||29.1||52||SE||Heavy,wet|
|17 Dec 1795||29.4||52||S||Dry|
|18 Dec 1795||29.4||55||SW||Dry|
|19 Dec 1795||29||55||W||Heavy, wet storm|
|20 Dec 1795||29.5||54||W||Showery,wet|
|21 Dec 1795||29.5||50||SW||Wet showers|
|22 Dec 1795||29.5||53||SE||Wet|
|23 Dec 1795||59.6||50||SW||Dry|
|24 Dec 1795||29.9||47||SW||Showery|
|25 Dec 1795||30.1||50||SW||Dry, heavy moist|
|26 Dec 1795||29.7||52||SW||Dry, high wind|
|27 Dec 1795||29.6||50||SW||Wet,high winds|
|28 Dec 1795||29.6||52||SW||Showery|
|29 Dec 1795||29.7||48||E||Dry, slight frost|
|30 Dec 1795||29.7||54||W||Dry, slight frost|
|31 Dec 1795||SE||Heavy, wet|