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Lord nose the worth of Lucan's medical notes
1:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
THE medical notes of Lord Lucan that show he had potentially face-changing surgery before he vanished are to be sold in Dorchester.
The record details a visit the aristocrat made to a hospital casualty department after breaking his nose in a speedboat accident in 1963.
He was seen by Dr John Watson who outlined the injuries the playboy peer suffered and treatment he received.
He also made a sketch of the Lord’s nose on the medical card.
Dr Watson went on to become a revered plastic surgeon. It is said that he kept in contact with Lord Lucan and tantalisingly never ruled out treating him again.
The 7th Earl of Lucan, whose real name was Richard Bingham, disappeared in 1974 after the murdered body of his children’s nanny was found at the family home in London.
In the wake of the murder police visited Dr Watson’s Harley Street premises and requested to see the peer’s medical records, which was denied.
The late surgeon’s daughter, Carolyn Allen, inherited the notes and is now selling them at auction.
The card could be used to help identify any man suspected of being Lord Lucan in the future.
Deborah Doyle, of auctioneers Duke’s of Dorchester, said: “This nose injury Lord Lucan suffered is not very well known.
“This medical card is a small clue that could be used to easily identify the absconded Lord Lucan, if he was ever found.
“Not only do we know that he once suffered a badly broken nose but we also know the exact details of the injuries he suffered.”
The medical card is 10ins by 6ins and is in excellent condition.
It is being sold in Dorchester on September 26 with a pre-sale estimate of £150.
Lord Lucan was aged 28 when he broke his nose when he was thrown against the steering wheel of a speed boat.
He remained in hospital for three days and returned on September 14 when the splint and sutures were removed.
Mrs Allen, 68, said she had asked her father about his association with Lord Lucan before he died in 2009 aged 94.
Mrs Allen, who lives in Australia, said: “I asked him outright if he had operated on Lucan again, and after the murder, and he just sort of grunted – neither a yes or a no.
“He told me how the police had descended on his rooms at Harley Street asking questions and requesting to see his medical records; of course he had to answer ‘no’ due to medical ethics.
“The records were not requested by court order.
“After my father passed away, I was sent his files and one was marked Lord Lucan and it contained newspaper cuttings as well as the medical record of his operation.”
Lord Lucan's disappearance
Lord Lucan was a compulsive gambler and had accumulated huge debts before he disappeared. About 18 months before he vanished he separated from his wife Veronica.
In September 1974 she employed Sandra Rivett to look after their three children at their home in London’s Belgravia.
It was alleged that on the night of November 7, Lord Lucan let himself into the property and in the semi-darkness of the basement kitchen bludgeoned Miss Rivett to death with a lead pipe.
The case against him was that he had mistaken Miss Rivett for his wife.
On November 11 his Ford Corsair car was found in the East Sussex coastal town of Newhaven. There were bloodstains in the front seat and a lead pipe in the boot.
Despite several reported sightings over the years, he was officially declared dead in 1999, presumably having committed suicide.
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