Drennan, Alexander Murray

Scope and Content

Medical correspondence and papers, 1906-1967; personal correspondence and papers 1861-1969; financial papers 1882-1954; photographs c1870-1945

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1884, Drennan graduated MB ChB from University of Edinburgh in 1906. He pioneered the use of Edinburgh University Solution (Eusol) for treatment of soldiers' wounds in World War I, and successively held chairs of pathology at University of Otago, New Zealand (1914-1928), Queen's University, Belfast (1928-1931) and University of Edinburgh (1931-1954). He died in 1984.


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Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the latest version of the Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records with sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time.

Where records are about named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Records about individuals below 18 years (living or deceased) or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage (http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/).

LHSA can support the use of records closed to public access for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on: 0131 650 3392 or email us at lhsa@ed.ac.uk

Acquisition Information

National Register of Archives (Scotland), January 1985


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual summary list available

Custodial History

Papers held within the family; gifted to NRA by Drennan's daughter, H A Patton


No further accessions are expected