Laidlaw, John

Scope and Content

'Hospital Reminiscences 1928-1948' of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by John Laidlaw 1994; correspondence regarding 'Reminiscences' 1994-1997; newspaper cutting 1999; miscellaneous; The Consultative: '1870-1970, One Hundred Years in Lauriston' 1970; Bi-centenary Souvenir brochure 1929; souvenir brochure for the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth 1937; appeals brochures; postcard

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1928, after he left school, John Laidlaw began working at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Works Department as a junior clerk. He qualified as a Chartered Secretary and, after the creation of the NHS in 1948, he became Deputy Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Management of Edinburgh Central Hospitals.


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Acquisition Information

John Laidlaw, 1996


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

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