The Irishman who 'invented' milk chocolate, and served the royal family

Hans Sloane also acted as private physician to three British monarchs

Sir Hans Sloane  - personal physician to three British monarchs

Sir Hans Sloane - personal physician to three British monarchs

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting Dublin this week, it’s worth recalling the remarkable life of an Irishman who enjoyed unparalleled access to the British royals. Sir Hans Sloane, personal physician to three British monarchs.

Sloane was a exceptional individual. Not only was he among the most prominent doctors of his generation, but on his death he bequeathed his personal collection of 71,000 curios to the British nation which, along with two other notable acquisitions, constituted the founding collections of the British Museum, the British Library and the Natural History Museum.

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