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Royal College of Surgeons of England

Rigby, Sir Hugh Mallinson (1870-1944)


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0113

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: Rigby, Sir Hugh Mallinson (1870-1944)

Date(s): 1904-1927

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 boxes, 1 outsize item

Name of creator(s): Rigby | Sir | Hugh Mallinson | 1870-1944 | Baronet | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Hugh Mallinson Rigby was born in Dublin in 1870. He was educated at Bray School, Co Wicklow; at Dulwich College; and at University College London. He trained in Medicine at the London Hospital, where he remained throughout his career. He won the gold medal at the BS examination of 1897. He served as house surgeon, house physician, and surgical registrar. In the Medical College he was demonstrator of anatomy, from 1901-1903, and the first tutor in elementary clinical surgery, from 1903-1908. He was elected assistant surgeon in 1902, and became surgeon; retiring in 1927. He was appointed consulting surgeon and kept his large private practice. He was also surgeon to the City of London Maternity Hospital; to the East Ham Hospital; to the cottage hospitals at Beckenham and Cheshunt; and consulting surgeon to the Poplar Accident Hospital. During World War One he was a consulting surgeon to the British Expeditionary Force in France, and to the London district with the temporary rank of colonel, AMS. He was promoted temporary lieutenant-colonel, RAMC (T), and brevet major, both in 1917. He served as surgeon in ordinary to Queen Alexandra, who died in 1925; and he was surgeon in ordinary to the Prince of Wales from 1923 until his accession to the throne as King Edward VIII in 1936. He was Serjeant Surgeon to King George V, from 1928-1932, and Honorary Surgeon to His Majesty, from 1932-1936. When the King was taken seriously ill with empyema in 1928, Rigby performed the operation which saved his life. He had been made a KCVO in 1917, and was created a Baronet, of Long Durford, Rogate, Sussex, in 1929. He died in 1944.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Hugh Mallinson Rigby, 1904-1927, comprising cases notes, correspondence, watercolour illustrations and photographs relating to patients with gall bladder diseases, 1910-1926; case notes, correspondence and illustrations relating to patients with arterial surgery and arterio-venous aneurism, 1915-1924; and case notes, correspondence, illustrations, photographs, radiographs and X-rays of various medical cases, mostly from the London Hospital, 1904-1927.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Additional manuscripts catalogue.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of this material is not known.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: The Lives of the Fellows of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume 3, 1930-1951, p 670.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Aug 2008

Aneurysms | Vascular diseases | Diseases | Pathology
Gallstones | Diseases | Pathology
Medical records | Documents | Information sources
Medical treatment | Therapy | Medical sciences
Surgery | Medical sciences
Watercolour painting | Painting | Fine arts
X-rays | Electromagnetic waves | Magnetism
Biliary tract diseases
Primary documents

Personal names
Rigby | Sir | Hugh Mallinson | 1870-1944 | Baronet | surgeon

Corporate names
London Hospital