Jonathan Stokes and the Black Country

Jonathan Stokes (1755-1831) was an Edinburgh trained doctor, and, from 1782 to 1788 was a member of the Lunar Society, one of the intellectual driving forces of the period whose members included Matthew Boulton and Erasmus Darwin. He is remembered particularly for his work, in collaboration with others, on the uses of digitalis. Whilst the Lunar Society is most often associated with Soho House in Birmingham, the home of Matthew Boulton, or with the Lichfield home of Erasmus Darwin, Jonathan Stokes had long lasting associations with the Black Country, particularly the Stourbridge and Kingswinford areas.