Papers and photographs of Sir Thomas James Thomson, physician and gastro-enterologist

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Glasgow University Medical Yearbooks, 1960-1983, photograph album, 1981-1983, photographs 1982-1986, slides 1984.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas James Thomson was born in Airdrie in 1923. He was educated there and later at Glasgow University, from where he graduated in 1945 as Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB, ChB). He became a Fellow of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1949 (FRCP Glas 1964) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1981. He also became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1950 and a Fellow in 1969.

His posts included Consultant Physician and Consultant Gastro-enterologist in the University Medical Unit at Stobhill and Ruchill Hospitals in Glasgow and Honorary Lecturer in Materia Medica and Therapy at the University of Glasgow. In 1953, he became a lecturer in the Department of Materia Medica in Glasgow University until 1961 when he became honorary lecturer in the same Department. The yearbooks in this collection relate to this period of his life. He was also Postgraduate Clinical Tutor for Glasgow Northern Hospitals from 1961-1981. He was the Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon of Glasgow, 1965-1973, and President from 1982-1984. He has produced many publications concerned with Materia Medica, Clinical Pharmacology and Gastroenterology. He was knighted in 1991.


Arranged chronologically within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to some items may be restricted. Please contact the Archivist at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Acquisition Information

Photographs and slides deposited as a gift from Sir Thomas Thomson; Files of papers on loan from Sir Thomas Thomson.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Archivist. We will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Appraisal Information

Appraised in accordance with GB 250's collection policy.

Custodial History

Held with depositor's family.


Not expected.

Location of Originals

This material is original.


No known publications.

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