Edinburgh Pathological Club

Scope and Content

Minutes and agendas 1886-1977; laws and lists of members 1902-1914; miscellaneous 1860-1977

Administrative / Biographical History

The Edinburgh Pathological Club was founded in 1886 by Sir John Batty Tuke, for the purpose of 'discussing subjects connected with pathology'. The 25 members met monthly to read and discuss short papers, and topics tended to cover medical subjects other than merely pathology. In December 1954 the Club had its 500th meeting, where it was announced that Dr A.W.G. Clark of West Lothian had bequeathed over 5,000 to the Club for 'lectures on cancer'. In 1966, when Douglas Guthrie wrote his History of the Club, membership had risen to 265.


Chronological within record series

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

Dr Hugh Gilmour, Dept. of Pathology, University of Edinburgh, 15 May 2001


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition

Custodial History



No further accessions are expected