Papers of Alexander Barr, fl 1832-1846, medical student, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Qualification certificate with signature and seal, 1836;
  • Class tickets, 1832-1836;
  • Certificates of practical work, 1834-1835;
  • Lecture notes, 1835-1836;
  • Certificate of moral character, 1837;
  • Royal Navy commissions, 1837-1844;
  • Last will and testament of Alexander Barr, 1827.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Barr was probably born in Glasgow in the  1810s . His father, John Barr, worked for James Finlay and Co. Alexander studied medicine at the  Anderson's University, Glasgow, and the  University of Glasgow from  1832-1836 , and was awarded his licentiate to practice medicine from the  Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow  in  April 1836 . He then worked as an Assistant Surgeon (and later Assistant Surgeon in Charge) with the Royal Navy from  1837-1846 , serving on board  HMS Royal Adelaide,HMS Ringdove,HMS Cornwallis,HMS Champion,HMS Griffon,HMS Avon,HMS Columbia,HMS Comet,HMS Growler,HMS Hydra,HMS Cacique and  HMS Tortoise. Nothing is known of his subsequent career.


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Deposit : Mrs W J I Muir : 1989

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names


Collection catalogued by members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 15 April 2005 and Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 15 April 2005. Administrative history edited by Jane Heward, Archives Assistant, 28 July 2011.

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