Correspondence of Robert Walker M.D. (1718-1791)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-527
  • Dates of Creation
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  • Physical Description
      1 box file, 1 box with volume Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      Dc.6.121; MS 3109

Scope and Content

The material is composed of a volume of correspondence, 1758 to 1766, and a volume 1724 to 1758.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Walker was born in 1718. He was apprenticed to Joseph Gibson, surgeon and pharmacist (chir. apoth) in 1734. He entered the Incorporation of Surgeons, Edinburgh, in 1747, and was President of the body in 1754. He was awarded the degree of M.D. from Edinburgh University in 1787 and he is described as a Virginian. His thesis De cynanche maligna was dedicated to Robert Walker and John Banister of Virginia, to William Shippen M.D. of Pennsylvania, and to Richard Walker his brother. Earlier in life too, he had entered the Royal Navy. Walker published An inquiry into the smallpox in 1790. He was married to Charlotte Jardin (1733-1819). Robert Walker died in 1791.

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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained within the Library's finding aids.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.