Papers of: Ross, Donald Mars Morphett (1865-1921)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of diaries, correspondence and other papers from the period in which Ross was medical officer of the coolie ship Hong Bee , travelling between Penang and the China coast via Hong Kong. MS.6117 includes a temporary commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps, 1916.

Administrative / Biographical History

Donald Mars Morphett Ross was born in 1865 and trained at Edinburgh University, graduating M.B. and C.M in 1888. He was Assistant Medical Superintendent to the Cumberland and Westmorland Asylum before moving to the West Indies, where he was a Medical Officer in Jamaica. In the years prior to the First World War he served as a ship's medical officer in the Far East; during the War he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He died in 1921.


MSS.4260-4261 comprise diaries in chronological order of composition; MS.6117 comprises loose papers.

Access Information

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Stevens', London, 1934 (accession number 84320).

Other Finding Aids

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973) and Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999). Detailed catalogue available at

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

manuscript and some printed material; bound and loose papers.

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aids by S.A.J. Moorat and Richard Palmer. Biographical information from Ross's entry in the Medical Directory.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.