Material relating to Professor James Miller (1812-1864)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-435
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 notebook, 3 letters, 1 typescript document of circa 27,600 words
  • Location
      Dc.2.86; Dc.4.98/6, no.3; Dc.7.108; Gen. 1875, nos.86-87; Phot.Ill.157/18

Scope and Content

The material consists of: letters, 1856 and 1863; and, testimonial in favour of G. H. Pringle, 1852; notes of lectures on surgery by Professor Miller, 1858-1859. There is also material on surgical experience of chloroform, 1848. There is a portrait.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Miller was born in Essie, Angus, on 2 April 1812. He was taught at home and then he studied at St. Andrews University. His education continued in Dundee before he embarked on a course as a medical student in Edinburgh. In 1832 he became licensed by the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and in 1832 he became a Fellow of the College for which his thesis was entitled Probationary essay on the dressing of wounds (1840). For a few years he was an assistant to a surgeon in the city before his appointment as Professor of Surgery at Edinburgh University in 1842, succeeding Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842). In 1848 Miller was Surgeon-in-Ordinary - in Scotland - to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He also practised as a Physician. Another of his works was entitled A system of surgery (1864). Professor James Miller died on 17 June 1864.

Access Information

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Note that when this record was created any associated photographic/illustrative was unseen.

The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol.13. Masquerier-Myles. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.

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.


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Related Material

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: letters (275) from Robert Liston, 1834-1845, Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, see Accessions to repositories 1987.

Corporate Names