Papers of Alexander Kilgour

Scope and Content

Personal papers of Alexander Kilgour, comprising college diplomas and class certificates, 1818 - 1826; testimonials received from his professors, 1818 - 1826; indentures between Alexander Kilgour and John Cameron, R.N., 1828; indentures between Alexander Kilgour and George Adamson, 1829; letter of appointment as physician to Aberdeen Infirmary, n.d.; membership certificates for the Societat. Medic. Aberdoniae Institut. [sic], n.d., and Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society, n.d.; newspaper cuttings re. his resignation from the post of physician and clinical lecturer at Aberdeen Infirmary, n.d.; and obituary notices.

Photocopies of Fishtown Cove Rent Book, 1878; household expense accounts, 1872 and 1886; and licence for male servants, carriages and armorial bearings, 1892, have also been deposited, the provenance and location of which originals are unknown.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Kilgour MRCS (1926) graduated from Marischal College, Aberdeen, MA 1821, MD 1833. After completing his medical training he became physician and clinical lecturer at Aberdeen Infirmary, and from 1839 - 1849 was lecturer in medicine in King's College, Aberdeen. He received an honorary MD from King's College on his resignation from that post in 1849, and after the union of King's and Marischal Colleges in 1860, served for twelve years as one of the General Assessors in the University Court. He was a long-standing member of Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society and author of many works, including Lectures on Ordinary Agents of Life as Applicable to Therapeutics and Hygiene: the Uses of the Atmosphere, Habitations, Baths, Clothing, Climate, Exercise, Foods, Drinks, &c. in the Treatment and Prevention of Disease (Edinburgh: Black, 1834).

See Studies in the History and Development of the University of Aberdeen: a Quartercentenary Tribute Paid by Certain of her Professors and her Devoted Sons, ed. by Peter John Anderson, Aberdeen University Studies, 19 (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1906), p 314; Ella Hill Burton Rodger, Aberdeen Doctors at Home and Abroad: the Narrative of a Medical School (Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1893); and In memoriam: Alexander Kilgour, M.D., died February 19, 1874, in Edinburgh Medical Journal, (1874).


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Jun 1988, by Dr J.M. Shewan.

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Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: ) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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Custodial History

The papers came to Dr J.M. Shewan from Miss J. Murray who had received them from a friend of the Kilgour family called Miss Sinclair. It is believed that most of Dr Kilgour's papers have been destroyed.


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