Records of the Faculty of Medicine

Scope and Content

  • Faculty meeting minute books  29 July 1856-30 May 1967  , minutes, agendas and papers  8 November 1966  to date, including index to minutes  1978-1980
  • Glasgow Postgraduate Medical Association minute books  1914-1944  , correspondence  1913-1920
  • Register of medical and dental students  1939-1969
  • Curriculum books for the Diploma in Public Health  1935-1965  and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)  1923-1966
  • Class records for Materia Medica and Therapeutics  1897-1938  and Midwifery  1908-1922
  • Forensic Medicine class records, including Dental and Postgraduate students  1952-1964  and MBChB students  1898 - 1969
  • Reports of the General Medical Council regarding visitations and inspections of the Glasgow University Medical School  March 1954 - November 1956

Administrative / Biographical History

The study of medicine is thought to have officially begun at the University of Glasgow in 1637, when Robert Mayne MA was appointed Professor of Medicine to give public lectures in medicine once or twice every week. He held this post until 1646 and after a lapse due to lack of funds, the John Johnstoun MD was appointed Professor of Medicine in 1714, followed by William Cullen in 1751. The distinct Faculty of Medicine itself was formed in 1856 and originally included teaching in Medicine, Botany and Anatomy with many more subjects over the centuries since. Two independent medical colleges, St Mungo's College and Anderson's College of Medicine, and the Glasgow Dental Hospital and School merged with the University in the twentieth century. Nursing has been taught since 1978. Veterinary Medicine was part of the Faculty of Medicine from 1949 until 1966 when a separate Veterinary Medicine Faculty was established. September 2002 witnessed the opening of the new Wolfson Medical School Building on University Avenue.


The collection is arranged in series. Within two of the series items are arranged in subseries and are related by format and/or function.

Access Information

By appointment - access to recent official records and records containing confidential information is restricted in accordance with University policies and relevant legislation.

Other Finding Aids

File level list available in searchroom.


Additional Information

Subfonds level description compiled by Yvonne Ewing, archives assistant , 8 October 2002