Papers of Professor R.D. Lockhart

Scope and Content

This collection, which has not been fully listed, comprises personal and professional papers of Professor R.D. Lockhart. Personal papers include correspondence; photographs, slides and glass plate negatives (many topics, including family, friends, travels, and rhododendrons); travel memoirs; poetry; school essays; academic certificates; and material relating to Robert Burns. Professional papers include correspondence; University of Aberdeen medical class albums; lectures (including inaugural address at Aberdeen University and lectures to the Anatomy Society); material concerning Professor Alexander Low (1894 - 1950), Regius Professor of Anatomy, University of Aberdeen [re. his Aberdeen Growth Study]; presentation copy of Anatomy of the Human Body; typescripts of articles and speeches; material relating to the Anthropological Museum (now Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen); newspaper cuttings; photographs, slides and glass plate negatives (used in his work and for talks and lectures).

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Douglas Lockhart succeeded Alexander Low (1868 - 1950) as Regius Professor of Anatomy at the University of Aberdeen from 1938 - 1965. An outstanding teacher of Anatomy, he was also author of several academic books, most notably Anatomy of the Human Body which he co-wrote with Gilbert F. Hamilton and Forest William Fyfe, (London: Faber, 1959), and which ran to many editions in several languages. After retirement, he continued his involvement with the University as curator of the Anthropological Museum (now Marischal Museum) at Marischal College, travelling widely and adding many items to the collections there. He was a long-standing member of the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society, serving as president for 1951. Outside of work, he had a consuming passion for rhododendrons, on which he was an acknowledged authority, and of which he successfully cultivated a new variety, Elizabeth Lockhart, which was named after his mother. In his will he left bequests to the University of Aberdeen, the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society and a number of other local charities and organisations.


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1987, 1988, 2001, 2002, by Professor Lockhart's executors

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures


Some items may be transferred from the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society

Related Material

It was understood at the time of deposit, that other papers from Professor Lockhart's estate were to be deposited with Birmingham University; the Rhododendron Society; BUFC, Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry; Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, and the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society.

Papers relating to Robert Douglas Lockhart, Gilbert F. Hamilton and Forest William Fyfe's Anatomy of the Human Body (London: Faber, 1959), including framed photograph and letter from Albert Morrocco (GB 231 MS 3647)

Taped interviews with Professor Emeritus R.D. Lockhart, recorded on 11th and 18th Mar 1985 by Elizabeth Olson (transcript only available for consultation) (GB 231 MS 3620/ 1/ 18 - 19). The interview was recorded as one in a series of oral history recordings made for the University of Aberdeen's Quincentenary Project.

Papers of Professor Alexander Low, relating to his research on human growth, including original record cards and copies of Growth of Children (Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen, 1952), and J.M. Tanner and others, Aberdeen Growth Study: I, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 3: 159 (1956) (GB 231 MS 2629). Professor Lockhart was one of J.M. Tanner's co-authors of Aberdeen Growth Study: I, and items amongst his papers relate to this work (see Scope/ Content, above).


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