Paul Buissiere

The Buissiere family were directors of the French Hospital in the 18th century. Paul Buissiere (director and Governor of the French Hospital) came to England where he was naturalised in 1688. A surgeon and anatomical writer, he built a reputation as a skilled practitioner in London, even attending to Queen Caroline of Ansbach.

Paul was one of the first to introduce lectures on anatomy and physiology in England and became a respected member of the Royal Society in 1700.

Paul’s niece, Constance Buissiere, was a resident (inmate) of the French Hospital from 1742-1746. She was one of the grandest residents and when she died left her extremely valuable contents to one of the hospital servants, Marie Latour. Marie had provided nursing care for Constance and had also served as a nurse at the Foundling Hospital.