Thomas Holloway – Universal Ointment

Thomas Holloway was a Victorian entrepreneur who became a multi-millionaire from the sale of his patent medicines, pills and ointments designed to cure all ills though in reality they were later found to have very few medicinal properties.

Thomas Holloway's 'Universal Ointment': Egham Museum (image Brian Wood)

Thomas Holloway’s ‘Universal Ointment’:
Egham Museum
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

Holloway later became better known for his philanthropy, founding and personally funding the Holloway Sanitorium for the mentally insane in Virginia Water, and the Royal Holloway College in Egham, both established as ‘Gifts to the Nation’.

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