Royal Medico-Psychological Association, Scottish Division

Scope and Content

Minutes 1869-1939; outgoing correspondence 1913-1935; incoming correspondence 1923-1934; general correspondence 1934-1948

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1865, the Association of Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane (1841) changed its name to the Medical Psychological Association of Great Britain and Ireland. By the end of the 19th Century, it had grown to over 600 members with three English divisions, a division for Ireland and one for Scotland. The latter was founded in 1869. The Association acquired a Royal Charter in 1926. The Royal College of Psychiatrists superseded it in 1971.


Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the latest version of the Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records with sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time.

Where records are about named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Records about individuals below 18 years (living or deceased) or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage (

LHSA can support the use of records closed to public access for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on: 0131 650 3392 or email us at

Acquisition Information

Records owned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London (received via Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, November 1991)


ompiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual summary list available

Custodial History



No further accessions are expected

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