Collection of Medals issued and presented by Edinburgh Veterinary Colleges and the Edinburgh Veterinary Medical Society (and Association), between 1843 and 1908

Scope and Content

This is a collection of 16 silver and bronze medals which have been awarded by several colleges and societies for a variety of years/sessions, including:

  • Edinburgh Veterinary College: and its medals awarded: 1843-44; 1853; 1856-57
  • Royal (Dick) Veterinary College: its medals awarded: 1893-94; 1897-98; 1900; 1900-1901; 1901-1902
  • New Veterinary College: medals awarded: 1881; 1896-97; 1902
  • Edinburgh Veterinary Medical Society: awarded: 1882
  • Edinburgh Veterinary Medical Association: 1893-94; 1901-1902

Detail on the medals, which all differ, includes: engraving; rings or loops for hanging; bi-convex form; and decoration such as coats-of-arms; horse heads, scrolls, floral framing, cockerel, and Androcles and the Lion.

The medals were awarded to: John Barlow; W.K.Barron; Peter Braid; E.J.Burndred; T.H.Carter; C.J.Christie; W.R.Davies; W.T.Dunstan; F.H.Leech; John Morris; John O.Peet; J.Robertson; T.Scotson; and, Tom Walker.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first Veterinary School in Edinburgh was founded by William Dick in 1823. Successful students at the School were presented with certificates from the Highland and Agricultural Society from 1828. In 1856, John Gamgee was appointed to the Veterinary School as an assistant to William Dick. Gamgee left the following year to open his own New Veterinary School in Edinburgh. The New Veterinary School moved to Bayswater, London, in 1865, where it became the Albert Veterinary College. It closed in 1868. A New Veterinary College was opened in Edinburgh by William Williams in 1873, but this too moved - to Liverpool in 1904 where it became the Veterinary School of the University of Liverpool.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Material purchased 2006, Accession no. E2006.21


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the selling agent's descriptive matter.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available in collection.

Archivist's Note

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