Papers of Thomas Aitken Dollar (1833-1909)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers are composed of: an Edinburgh Veterinary College document, being a 'Statement on behalf of ... petitioners for a Veterinary College for Scotland', dated November 1867; a copy of the Pharmacy Act (1868) Amendment; miscellaneous letters to Aitken from 1866 to 1889; newspaper cutting; and, photograph.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Aitken Dollar was born 3 October 1833. He had been a student of William Dick (1793-1866), veterinary scientist, at the then Edinburgh Veterinary College. He was awarded the Highland and Agricultural Society's certificate in 1851. Dollar was the founder of the equine veterinary practice T. A. Dollar and Sons, Veterinary Surgeons, New Bond Street, London. In 1880, he was Vice-President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. By the time of Dollar's death, the veterinary practice was the largest in London with a presence (veterinary forges) in Baker Street, in Westminster, in Blackfriars, in Lambeth, in Belgrave Square, in Chelsea, and in Paddington. The practice also had paddocks at Wells House Farm, East Acton. During the 1880s, his sons John Archibald Watt Dollar (1866-1947) and William Watt Dollar (1860-1938) joined the veterinary practice.

Thomas Aitken Dollar died on 26 September 1909.

Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material acquired from Jenny Dollar, Salisbury, Wilts., January 2001, Accession no. E2001.11

Note

The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection, and Hunter, Pamela.  Veterinary medicine. A guide to historical sources. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Accruals

Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

Also held at Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library, is  Material relating to John A. W. Dollar (1866-1947).