Records of the Glasgow Southern Medical Society

Scope and Content

Minute books, 1844-1992; Council minute books, 1895-1998; rolls of members, correspondence and papers, 1888-1993; Minutes for Association for the Promotion of Medical Library and Reading Rooms for the South Side of Glasgow, 1897-1898; Minutes of joint meetings of the BMA Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch, the Glasgow Southern Medical Society and the Glasgow Eastern Medical Society, 1901; Minutes of the BMA Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch, 1909-1919.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society was formally instituted in August 1844 having arisen as a consequence of informal meetings by a small group of medical men. A formal constitution was adopted in November 1845 with objectives which included the "promotion of amical feelings amongst our medical bretheren," "to assist each other toward attaining a more extensive and accurate acquaintance with the theory and practice of our profession," and "to assist each other in our professional duties when required." At a meeting of the society in 1878, Ebenezer Duncan, a local practitioner and Surgeon at the Glasgow Deaf and Dumb Institute, proposed the erection of a hospital on the south side of Glasgow to cater for the growing population. A committee of investigation was formed as a consequence. The Society was also represented in a committee which gathered funds for the construction of the Victoria Infirmary. As a consequence of its fundraising efforts, the Society was represented by one of its members on the hospital's governing body. Between 1900-1902 the Society was very active in the campaign to defend those medical practitioners from prosecution who employed unqualified assistants in their dispensaries (or shops). The Society held a joint meeting with the Glasgow Southern Women's Medical Society in 1928 but did not admit its first woman member until 1979. The Society is still in existence.


Arranged chronologically within record series.

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Custodial History

Held with a member of the Glasgow Southern Medical Society.


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Location of Originals

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Jacqueline Jenkinson, Scottish Medical Societies 1731-1939, Edinburgh University Press, 1993.