Records of the Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minute books, 1844-1987; Treasurer's receipt books, 1844-1868 and 1901-1930; miscellaneous papers relating to agendas and the constitution of the Society. Poem by John Fergus for the centenary banquet, 1919.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow was instituted in 1844 and amalgamated with the Glasgow Medical Society in 1866. The newly formed Society adopted the year 1814, the date of the foundation of the Glasgow Medical Society, as the date of its foundation. Its business consisted of the reading of papers on medicine, surgery and the collateral sciences with the aim of promoting professional improvement. Unlike many other societies, attendance and the reading of papers was not compulsory. Meetings were held in the Faculty Hall in St. Enoch's Square. In 1886, the Society was subdivided into four units: Medicine, Surgery, Pathology and Obstetrics. This measure was taken in order to hold separate meetings but the experiment was ended in 1894, the sections remaining in name only until the early twentieth century. In 1907 the Society absorbed the Glasgow Pathological and Clinical Society. Female practitioners were admitted as members in 1911 after a failed attempt in 1903. The Society finally celebrated its centenary in 1919, the delay having been caused by the First World War. As part of the celebration, the Society was granted permission to use the prefix "Royal".


Arranged chronologically within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to some items may be restricted. Please contact the Archivist at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Acquisition Information

Not known.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. See also NRA(S) Survey 1909.

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Archivist. We will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Appraisal Information

Appraised in accordance with GB 250's collection policy.

Custodial History

Not known.


Not expected.

Related Material

RCPSG 4, records of the Glasgow Pathological and Clinical Society, 1873-1909 RCPSG 2, records of the Glasgow Medical Society, 1814-1924

Location of Originals

This material is original


Jacqueline Jenkinson, "Scottish Medical Societies, 1731-1939", Edinburgh University Press, 1993 Derek A. Dow and Kenneth C. Calman (Eds), "The Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow, A History, 1814-1989", The Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow, 1989.

Geographical Names