Papers of Sir John Halliday Croom (1847-1923)

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, 1906, and notes of lectures on Midwifery given 1899 and 1905-1906.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Halliday Croom was born in Sanquhar, Dumfries, on 15 January 1847. He was educated at the Royal High School in the city, and then studied at Edinburgh University. He also studied in London and Paris. For several years Croom was an Assistant to the Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the University of Edinburgh and he was also a Lecturer on Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Edinburgh School of Medicine, which was then at Minto House. Croom had also been Chairman of the Central Midwives Board for Scotland , a Physician at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Edinburgh, and Consulting Gynaecologist at the Royal Infirmary. His publications include Minor gynaecological operations and appliances (1883), and The bladder during parturition (1883). Croom also made many contributions to scientific and medical journals. Emeritus Professor Sir John Halliday Croom died on 27 September 1923.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Letter purchased January 1970, Accession no. E70.2.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

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.

Corporate Names