Alexander Monro: Lectures

Scope and Content


'A treatise of wounds' and other writings based on Monro's lectures at Edinburgh University.


Anatomical lectures, with the bookplate of William St Clare at the front of each volume. The authorship of the volumes has not been established conclusively: a note at the front of the first volume (1974) indicates that the bindings of both books were found to be broken on their receipt at Cambridge University Library, and the only indication of their authorship was the title 'Monros lectures' on the spine.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Monro, primus (1697-1767), physician, was born in London on 8 September 1697. He attended Edinburgh University, 1710-1713, before studying in London, Paris and Leyden. He was appointed Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh University in 1720, and published his major work, Osteology, a treatise on the anatomy of the human bones, in 1726. Monro retired from his professorship in 1758, and died in Edinburgh on 10 July 1767.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Department of Pathology, Cambridge, 1969.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Alexander Monro in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, vol. XIII (London, 1909), pp. 626-627.