Staff records of Physician Superintendent

Scope and Content

This series contains medical staff records created by Dr Angus MacNiven, Physician Superintendent at Gartnavel Royal Hospital. The records consist mainly of letters of application for various medical posts within Gartnavel hospital and include applicant's references and testimonials from previous posts and lists of previous appointments held. There are also letters from previous Gartnavel staff members requesting testimonials for their employment at the hospital, and enquiries regarding vacant posts within the hospital.

Not all files in the series relate to staff members, since as well as holding the position of Physician Superintendent of Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Dr MacNiven was also Honorary Consulting Physician for Mental Disorders at the psychiatric clinic at the Western Infirmary, Lecturer in psychiatry at Glasgow University, and was previously deputy Physician Superintendent at Edinburgh Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders. Some files contain correspondence with former colleagues and acquaintances from these institutions, Where known, this has been detailed in the catalogue

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Angus MacNiven was a Superintendent of Gartnavel Royal Hospital from 1932-1966, succeeding Sir David K Henderson, Physician Superintendent from 1921-1932, thereafter Physician Superintendent of Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental Disorders. MacNiven was succeeded by Dr Gerald Timbury, Physician Superintendent from 1966.


Records have been arranged alphabetically by surname, detailing position and nationality, where known.

Access Information

A 75 year closure period of these records applies.


The dates given in the catalogue relate to the dates of the file, not necesarily the dates of staff members employment in the hospital as many paople enquired about vacancies long before the obtained the positino, and others continued to correspondend with Dr MacNiven long after their employment at Gartnavel had ended.