Papers of William John Brownlow Riddell, British ophthalmologist, [1899?]-1976

Scope and Content

  • Case books 1926-1971
  • Indexes to case books; ledgers 1939-1965
  • Miscellaneous n.d

Administrative / Biographical History

William John Brownlow Riddell is believed to have been born in 1899 . He was educated at the Glasgow Academy, Scotland before attending the University of Glasgow, graduating MB ChB in 1923. He then attended the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, England, graduating with a Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery in 1928 . He qualified MD in 1940 . Riddell took up residency at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow in 1923  going on to become House Surgeon at the Glasgow Eye Infirmary; Senior House Surgeon at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital and entering into private practice in Glasgow from 1928-1964.  Others post held by Riddell were Assistant Surgeon [later Surgeon] at Glasgow Ophthalmic Institution, 1931-1964 ; Honorary Consulting Surgeon at Western Infirmary, Glasgow, 1941-1964 ; Professor of Ophthalmology at Glasgow University, 1941-1964 ; Dean of Medicine, 1946-1947  and 1958-1959 . He retired to Aberdeen, Scotland in 1964 , and died in Austria in 1976.


The material is arranged into series as described in the scope and content. Within series, the items are generally arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Deposited by a family member

Other Finding Aids

Manual file level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alistair Tough, GGHB Archivist, 2 November 1998

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 21 December 2001

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the GGHB Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures

Custodial History

Records held by Prof. Riddell and his family prior to transfer


None expected

Related Material

GB 812 HB 014 Records of Glasgow Royal Infirmary

GB 812 HB 047 Records of Glasgow Ophthalmic Institution

Geographical Names