Papers of Joseph Coats, 1864-1899, Professor of Pathology, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1894-1899

Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of tickets for classes taken at the University of Glasgow and other personal items. One letter from Lord Joseph Lister to Coats during his last illness has also survived.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Coats was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, on 04 February 1864  , son of William Coats, a merchant. He married Georgiana Taylor in 1879. He was educated at the Glasgow University University of Glasgow, as well as the Universities of Leipzig and Wurzburg. He received his MB from the University of Glasgow in 1867  and his MD in 1870  .

He was Pathologist in Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Glasgow Western Infirmary and Examiner in Pathology in the University of Glasgow 1879-1892  . He was Lecturer there from 1890-1894  and was then appointed Professor, a post he held until his death on 24 January 1899  . His publications include A Manual of Pathology (1883, 1889, 1895), Lectures on Tuberculosis of Lungs (1888), Catalogue of the Pathological Museum of the Western Infirmary, Glasgow , (1885), Immunity to Infective Diseases: A Pathological Study in View of Recent Researches (1895).


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Deposit : Miss Katherine Walker : December 1975, November 1979

Other Finding Aids

Printed list and item level computerised list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

This material was in the possession of Miss Olive Mary Coats, daughter of Professor Coats, until her death in 1975, when it came into the possession of Miss Katherine Walker, who was disposing of Miss Coats' estate. Miss Walker deposited the collections with Glasgow University Archives.


None expected

Related Material

GB 0120 MS 5488 Notes on lectures 1874-1875 (Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine) For contact details of all repositories with a GB code, see the Archon repository search page, at the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

Location of Originals

This material is original


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

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

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Compiled by Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, 20 April 2000

Geographical Names