Letters of Sir Hector Clare Cameron (1843-1928)

Scope and Content

The letters are from Cameron to Miss Blackburn and one is concerned with the training of male nurses (or lack of it other than in the military) and how he 'cannot suggest any way in which a civilian can be trained as a nurse'. Another mentions receiving a letter from Lord Lister, and another how he can help get a lad into hospital to attend a deformity of the foot.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hector Clare Cameron was born in Demerara (in Guyana), on 30 September 1843. He was the son of Donald Cameron a sugar-planter at Plantation Zeelugt, Demerara (Dutch Guiana, now Guyana). He studied at St. Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. Cameron was President of the faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Latterly he was Emeritus Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Glasgow, and Dean of Faculties at the University of Glasgow. He was knighted in 1900 and received the CBE in 1918. Sir Hector Clare Cameron died on 22 November 1928.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Material purchased among miscellaneous letters of Scottish interest, E. Hall, 1976, Accession no. E76.32.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

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.

Related Material

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: correspondence with Joseph Lister, 1879-1911, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh