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Royal College of Surgeons of England

Bird, Golding (1814-1854) and Bird, Cuthbert Hilton Golding- (1848-1939)


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0158

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: Bird, Golding (1814-1854) and Bird, Cuthbert Hilton Golding- (1848-1939)

Date(s): 1835-1900

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 volume

Name of creator(s): Bird | Cuthbert Hilton Golding- | 1848-1939 | surgeon
Bird | Golding | 1814-1854 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Golding Bird was born at Downham, Norfolk in 1814. He was educated at private school and apprenticed to William Pretty, an apothecary in London from 1829-1833. He was a medical student at Guy's Hospital from 1832, where he excelled, achieving the Apothecaries' Company medal for botany and attracting the attention of Addison and Sir Astley Cooper. He assisted Sir Astley Cooper with his work on diseases of the breast. He was licensed to practise by Apothecaries' Hall in 1836. Bird obtained his MD from St Andrews University in 1838, and his MA in 1840. Bird was a lecturer on natural philosophy at Guy's Hospital from 1836-1853, and also a lecturer on medical botany and on urinary pathology. He was physician to the Finsbury Dispensary in 1836. He became a licentiate of the College of Physicians of London in 1840, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians in 1845. He was an assistant physician at Guy's Hospital, and a joint lecturer on materia medica at Guy's Hospital Medical School from 1843-1853. He lectured on materia medica at the College of Physicians in 1847 to 1849. He was a member of the Linnaean and Geological Societies, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He died in 1854.

Cuthbert Hilton Golding-Bird was born in Myddleton Square, Pentonville, London in 1848, the second son of Golding Bird, MD, FRS. Golding-Bird was educated at Tonbridge School from 1856-1862, and afterwards at King's College School in the Strand and at King's College. He graduated BA at the University of London in 1867, and Won the gold medal in forensic medicine at the MB examination in 1873. Entering the medical school of Guy's Hospital in 1868 he received the first prize for first year students in 1869, the first prize for third year students and the Treasurer's medals for surgery and for medicine in 1873. For a short time he acted as demonstrator of anatomy at Guy's, but on his return from a visit to Paris he was elected assistant surgeon in 1875 and demonstrator of physiology. He held the office of surgeon until 1908, until he resigned at the age of 60, and was made consulting surgeon. At the Royal College of Surgeons Golding-Bird was an examiner in elementary physiology 1884-1886, in physiology 1886-1891, in anatomy and physiology for the Fellowship 1884-1890 and 1892-1895. He was on the Dental Board as Examiner in surgery in 1902, a member of the Court of Examiners 1897-1907, and a member of the Council 1905-1913. He died in 1939.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Golding Bird (1814-1854) and Cuthbert Hilton Golding-Bird (1848-1939), 1835-1900, comprising a volume of 167 autograph letters from correspondents including Thomas Addison; Samuel Ashwell; John Birkett; Richard Bright; Thomas Bryant; Thomas Calloway (junior); Frederick Le Gros Clark; Sir Astley Cooper; Bransby Blake Cooper; Sir John Rose Cormack; M[ichael] Faraday; Stephen Jennings Goodfellow; Charles Higgens; Thomas Hodgkin; Luther Holden; John Whitaker Hulke; Henry Oldham; James Paget; Frederick William Pavy; John Percy; Sir Richard Quain; Sir Edward Albert Schafer; Alfred Smee; Thomas Stevenson; John Bland Sutton; Frederick Treves; Thomas Spencer Wells; and Sir Samuel Wilkes.


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:



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Mr Golding-Bird on 22 Jun 1908.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians, Volume 4, 1826-1925, p39 and The Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume 3, Page 332

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: Sep 2008

Letter writing | Writing | Communication skills | Communication process
Surgery | Medical sciences
Correspondence x Letter writing

Personal names
Ashwell | Samuel | 1798-1857 | physician
Bird | Cuthbert Hilton Golding- | 1848-1939 | surgeon x Golding-Bird | Cuthbert Hilton
Bird | Golding | 1814-1854 | physician
Birkett | John | 1815-1904 | surgeon
Bright | Richard | 1789-1858 | physician
Bryant | Thomas Egerton | fl 1816-1840 | general practitioner
Calloway | Thomas | 1822-1869 | surgeon
Clark | Frederick Le Gros | 1811-1892 | surgeon
Cooper | Bransby Blake | 1792-1853 | surgeon
Cormack | Sir | John Rose | 1815-1882 | Knight | physician
Faraday | Michael | 1791-1867 | chemist and natural philosopher
Goodfellow | Stephen Jennings | 1809-1895 | physician
Higgens | Charles | 1846-1920 | surgeon
Hodgkin | Thomas | 1798-1866 | physician and philanthropist
Holden | Luther | 1815-1905 | surgeon
Hulke | John Whitaker | 1830-1895 | surgeon
Oldham | Henry | 1815-1902 | physician
Paget | Sir | James | 1814-1899 | 1st Baronet | surgeon
Pavy | Frederick William | 1829-1911 | physician and physiologist
Percy | John | 1817-1889 | metallurgist
Quain | Sir | Richard | 1816-1898 | Baronet | physician
Schafer | Sir | Edward Albert | Sharpey- | 1850-1935 | Knight | physiologist | formerly Schafer x Sharpey-Schafer | Sir | Edward
Smee | Alfred | 1818-1877 | surgeon
Stevenson | Thomas | 1801-1878 | surgeon
Sutton | Sir | John Bland- | 1855-1936 | formerly John Sutton | 1st Baronet | surgeon x Bland-Sutton | Sir | John
Treves | Sir | Frederick | 1853-1923 | 1st Baronet | surgeon
Wells | Sir | Thomas Spencer | 1818-1897 | Baronet | surgeon
Wilks | Sir | Samuel | 1824-1911 | Baronet | physician

Corporate names