Records of the Greenock Medical and Chirurgical Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Laws and regulations, 1820-1821; minute book, which includes lists of library books, 1840-1851; notes of John Blair on Aristotle's physics, 1654-1656; notes taken by William Rae on Alexander Monro's surgery lectures, University of Edinburgh, 1790.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association was formed in 1818 for the purpose of "promoting professional intercourse and improvement." It possessed a library for the use of its members. One of the activities of the Association was the provision of vaccinations within the local community but this service was discontinued by 1831. Around 1850-1851 the Association was reduced to a membership of six and the decision was taken to divide the library collection of over 400 books between the members for safe-keeping, on a temporary basis. It was intended that the Association would be reconvened and put on a firmer financial basis but there is no record of this taking place.


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 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

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Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.

Location of Originals

This material is original.


Jacqueline Jenkinson, Scottish Medical Societies, 1731-1939, Edinburgh University Press, 1993.