Robert Cochrane Buist, Lecturer in Midwifery and Gynaecology, University College, Dundee

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the history and practice of medicine, particularly in Dundee and Angus 19th century-1937; medical and literary pamphlets, poetry and prose by R.C. Buist, with some related correspondence 1897-1935; pamphlets, poetry and prose mainly by others, (although some unidentified material may be by Buist), some with annotations by R.C. Buist, and with some related correspondence c.1859-1936; scrapbooks and commonplace books c.1880-1889; notes, photographs and cards 19th century-c.1930; miscellaneous correspondence, autographs and other papers which were originally a separate deposit 1887-1925.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Cochrane Buist was born in Dundee and studied at the Universities of St. Andrews, Cambridge and Edinburgh, at each of which he had a distinguished academic career. After serving as assistant physician at the Royal Edinburgh Asylum, Dr Buist was appointed lecturer in Clinical Midwifery and Gynaecology at University College, Dundee, in 1901, a post he held until his retirement in 1925. He was secretary of the Dundee Branch of the British Medical Association from 1894.


Most of the papers listed were stored in a random manner in a tea chest and therefore any original order has been lost. Although they have been grouped together into sections, it should be remembered that this is an artificial arrangement and that papers in one section may be more closely related to those in other sections than it may appear from the list.

Access Information

Subject to condition and format of material

Acquisition Information

Details of the original accession are unknown. Some records were deposited by the University Librarian in 1976 (AccM/007).

Alternative Form Available

None known

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to University ArchivistReproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Custodial History

Retained in custody of the University of Dundee.


None expected

Related Material

Records of other University of Dundee staff and staff of the preceding institutions are mainly held in UR-SF.Papers of staff not in this fonds: GB 254 MS 111 William Maxwell Jamieson.Staff related material: GB 254 MS 56 Henry Boase, GB 254 MS 79 Mrs Barbara S Martin: Patrick Geddes Memorabilia.