Records of Glasgow University Medico-Chirurgical Society, student society, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minute books, 1868-1981;
  • A list of presidents and honorary presidents, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Glasgow University Medico-Chirurgical Society was originally instituted in  1802  and is the oldest medical society in Glasgow, Scotland. It was formed by students with the concurrence of the professors of medicine in the  University of Glasgow for the "mutual instruction of its members in matters relating to Medical Science". Members could be medical students or graduates of the University of Glasgow and members of the medical profession were elegible for election as honorary members. The office-bearers were an honorary president, a president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer to be elected annually from amongst the members. A committee of seven was appointed for the general management of the society's affairs. The society met weekly to attend lectures given by prominent members of the profession, supplemented with clinical demonstrations and hospital visits. The Society has published its own journal Surgofrom  1834 . By tradition it was exclusively an all male society until  1970  after which all medical students were invited to join.

As one of the oldest student societies within the University, it was instrumental in founding the Glasgow University Union in 1890 following a meeting of the representatives from the main University societies, including the Glasgow University Athletic Club and Glasgow University Dialectic Society.

The Society was still functioning in 2003.



The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Permanent Loan : Mr. Andrew M Wood : President, Glasgow University Medico-Chirurgical Society : 1985

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Glasgow University Library, Special Collections (GB 0247) 1812-1829, Minute book, MS GEN 1186,

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Additional Information

This material is original

Compiled by Nyree Morrison, Archives Assistant, 26 June 2000

Revised by Alison Adlard, Archives Assistant, March 2003. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (catalouing), 20 January 2014.