Subject Files

Scope and Content

This series contains case files arranged by subject by  John Glaister (1892-1971) during his tenure as Regius Professor of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Science. These civil and criminal subject files contain documentation created as a result of the departmental position as medico-legal advisor to the crown, as well as private individuals or institutions exploiting the expertise of the members of departmental staff. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject, each subject containing a number of examples. Files contain a range of documents including post mortem reports, toxicology reports, draft reports, notes, photographs, indictments, depositions, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.

Subject files contained in this series include:  

  • Abortion;
  • Accidental Death;
  • Anaesthetic Death;
  • Animal Injuries;
  • Assault and Robbery;
  • Blunt Instrument (Murder);
  • Civil Cases;
  • Criminal Cruelty;
  • Culpable Homicide;
  • Death – Electric Shock;
  • Death – Punished by School Teacher;
  • Death – Self-Inflicted Injuries;
  • Firearms;
  • Hairs and Fibres;
  • Hanging Boy Case – Murder;
  • Haricot Bean in Trachea;
  • Human Remains;
  • Identification;
  • Infanticide;
  • Insanity;
  • Murder;
  • Natural Causes;
  • Not Proven Verdict;
  • Poisoning;
  • Presumption of Survival;
  • Rape and Intent to Ravish;
  • Road Traffic Act: Section 6 – Alcohol;
  • Ruxton case;
  • Stabbing – Murder By;
  • Theft of Fowls;
  • Theft – House Breaking;
  • Vehicular Injuries – Death.


Subject files are arranged alphabetically.

Access Information

Certain files are restricted in accordance with data protection legislation. Researchers should apply in writing to the University Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Any work based on the use of this material, which is intended for publication, must be submitted to the University Archivist for approval prior to that publication.