Papers of Peter Stephenson Turnbull, 1836-1921, Surgeon Major-General, Glasgow, Scotland and Bombay, India

Scope and Content

  • University papers, 1855-1860;
  • Professional papers, 1860-1893;
  • Photographs and drawings, 1890-1999;
  • Ephemera, 1994.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Stephenson Turnbull  was born on 02 March  1836  , at Deneburn, Denholm, the fourteenth child of Thomas Turnbull (1784-1867), tenant of East Middle by his second wife, Mary Beattie (1801-1880). He studied at the  University of Glasgow between the years  1855-1859  , taking classes in Practical Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Botany, Surgery, Materi Medica Pharmacy and Dietetics, Dispensary, Medical Jurisprudence, Pathology, Natural History and Midwifery. He graduated MD in  1859  . He studied at Edinburgh Medical School at sometime in 1859 and 1860 before gaining registration of his Medical qualifications in  1860  . He served with the Army in Abyssinia between 1867 and 1868 and assisted in the action of Arogee and assault and capture of Magdala for which he gained a medal. In  1893  Peter Turnbull became Surgeon Major General of the Indian Medical Service in Bombay, a fellow of the University of Bombay and Surgeon General with the Government of Bombay. He died on 7th October  1921  in Edinburgh and is buried there in Grange Cemetery.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit : Michael Turnbull, Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland : 1996. ACCNs 1815, 1820 & 1885.

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names


Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 08 August 2005. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 19 August 2014.