Papers of David Chalmers M.D. and David Peter Chalmers

Scope and Content

The material is composed of: a visit book of David Chalmers M.D., Dalkeith, 1817-1825; case notebook; notes of accounts, 1819-1826; notes from an anatomical examination, 4 April 1816; testimonials; assorted letters and cards; degree diploma 'In praesentia Collegii Regii Chirurgorum Edinensium - Davidem Chalmers - 1816' protected in a metallic case; various newspapers over the period 1797-1832, beingThe Air advertiser(Ayr), 2 February 1826,The Edinburgh advertiser3 and 9 September 1819,The Edinburgh evening courant19 October 1797, 19 September 1816, 1 March 1817, 2 August 1817, 7 April 1825, 28 January 1826,Edinburgh, Leith, Glasgow and North British commercial and literary advertiser2 June 1832, andThe Scotsman1 August 1832; and, photographs of Professor Blackie (1809-1895) being a family group outside his house near Oban showing Blackie, his wife, Henrietta Maria Stodart, and A. Stodart Walker, a cousin and nephew of Mrs. Blackie, and two portrait photographs of Blackie. There are also some papers of David Peter Chalmers, an Advocate, and the material is composed of cards and petitions, and lecture tickets, 1847-1860.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Chalmers M.D. was a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He received the degree of M.D. from Edinburgh University in 1816 or 1817. Matriculation records show that he came from Redheugh, Midlothian. He appears to have practiced as a doctor in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

David Peter Chalmers was an Advocate.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Letter from E. B. Chalmers, November 1972, alongside photographs of Professor Blackie.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.