Papers of Dr. Ian MacDonald (1873-1932)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of: written tributes to MacDonald; newspaper cuttings; obituaries; re-prints and off-prints of articles in Spanish and English; an M.D. thesis 1898 The treatment of superficial burns by picric acid solution: a study in repair; degree diploma or certificate (M.D. 1901) from the University of Paris; several photographs of MacDonald and of Huelva and the clinic there; and, newspapers from 1932-1933.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ian MacDonald was born in 1873. He was educated at the Royal High School, Edinburgh, and he studied at Edinburgh University where he was awarded the degrees of M.B., C.M. in 1894, and M.D. in 1898. After graduation he spent his early professional years in Edinburgh and in London (West Ham) before going to the British Hertford Hospital in Paris and working in Laveran's Laboratory where he contributed to Ronald Ross's Prevention of malaria. He then proceeded to Spain as surgeon to the Rio Tinto Mines Company where he investigated the spread of malaria spread by the mosquito. In 1901 he obtained the degree of M.D. from the University of Paris on the presentation of a thesis on the subject of malaria. In 1903 he joined Dr. W. A. MacKay - an Edinburgh graduate, and his uncle - in Huelva, Spain, where he built up a surgical practice. In 1923 he was made a freeman of Huelva, and he was elected as a Corresponding member of the Society of Surgeons of Paris. Dr. Ian MacDonald died in London on 14 September 1932.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Material acquired from Professor G. A. G. Mitchell, Manchester, October 1984, Accession no. E84.60.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection, and: (1) 'Obituary' University of Edinburgh journal. Vol.5. 1932-1933. p. 193. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, Tweeddale Court, 1933.

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.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.


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