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.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNov – Dec

The following are the entries from his weather diary of 1795 for December.

01 Dec 179529.953WDry
02 Dec 179529.950NWShowers
03 Dec 179529.953NWDry
04 Dec 179529.956WMoist
05 Dec 17953055WDry
06 Dec 179529.955WDry
07 Dec 17953056WDry
08 Dec 179530.156WHeavy mist
09 Dec 179530.153WHeavy mist
10 Dec 179530.147NWDry
11 Dec 17953045EDry
12 Dec 179529.545SEWet, barom falling fast,storm
13 Dec 179529.750SWet
14 Dec 179529.250SDry
15 Dec 179529.22SEWet
16 Dec 179529.152SEHeavy,wet
17 Dec 179529.452SDry
18 Dec 179529.455SWDry
19 Dec 17952955WHeavy, wet storm
20 Dec 179529.554WShowery,wet
21 Dec 179529.550SWWet showers
22 Dec 179529.553SEWet
23 Dec 179559.650SWDry
24 Dec 179529.947SWShowery
25 Dec 179530.150SWDry, heavy moist
26 Dec 179529.752SWDry, high wind
27 Dec 179529.650SWWet,high winds
28 Dec 179529.652SWShowery
29 Dec 179529.748EDry, slight frost
30 Dec 179529.754WDry, slight frost
31 Dec 1795SEHeavy, wet

You can find the Weather Reports for other months in 1795 here.