Records of the Round Table Club, Edinburgh

Scope and Content

The records consist of a minute-book for the period 1868-1878, a minute-book covering 1878-1895 with photograph inserts, a notebook with poems dated 1870, an envelope containing correspondence and accounts, a bound photograph album with a few portraits of Round Table Club members, and a volume entitled Annals of the Round Table Club. The volume was edited by J.G.M, and was printed for private use in 1908. It was no.27 of 35 copies printed.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Round Table Club, Edinburgh, arose out of the wish among rising medical graduates for occasional meetings "simply for the purpose of good fellowship". On 8 December 1868 a party of ten men deemed likely to be "suitable members" met at dinner at the invitation of Dr. Robert James Blair Cunynghame, St. Colme Street, Edinburgh. The diners were: Dr. Cunynghame, Professor Alexander Dickson, Dr. Archibald Dickson, Dr. John Chiene, Dr. Thomas Annandale, Dr. John Duncan, Dr. Thomas Fraser, Dr. Joseph Bell, Dr. Claud Muirhead, and Alexander Crum Brown. These would become the original members of the Round Table Club, and an invitation was also opened to Arthur Gamgee and William Rutherford. The first meeting of the Club was held at Meikle's Hotel, Register Street, Edinburgh.

Access Information

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


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material in the collection.

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.