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King, John Bishop M.D. (St. Andrews) M.R.C.S. (b 1831), medical practitioner at Penang, and his wife King, Joanna (née Smith) (b.1847)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.7157, 7630-7632
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: King, John Bishop M.D. (St. Andrews) M.R.C.S. (b 1831), medical practitioner at Penang, and his wife King, Joanna (née Smith) (b.1847)
Date(s): 1848-1866
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes and 2 files
Name of creator(s): King | John Bishop | b 1831 | physician
King | Joanna | b 1847 | née Smith | wife of John Bishop King
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Administrative/Biographical history:

John Bishop King was the son of William King M.D. (Cantab.) F.R.C.P. (1786-1865), who practiced in Brighton. J.B. King passed as M.D. in 1855 and travelled East in the same year; after a short period in India he settled at Penang. The Medical Directory lists him as resident there until 1898; in 1899 he is listed as living in Brighton, where he remains until 1901; in 1902 he is absent from the Directory, presumably dead. His wife Joanna (née Smith) was the daughter of Captain Smith of Penang; they were married in Penang in 1866.


Scope and content/abstract:

John Bishop King's personal papers, and diaries: MS. 7157 contains 2 items which reflect King's interest in phrenology and graphology, whilst diaries by him and his wife are held as MSS.7630-7632.

Their diaries combine to cover, with one short break, a period from King's leaving England to their marriage and on for two years until their departure, presumably temporary, to the Andaman Islands. J.B. King's diary, MS.7630, primarily records details of his patients, the personal entries chiefly relate to voyages undertaken. Joanna King's diary, MS.7631, records household and social events in some detail. MS.7632 comprises loose papers previously kept in MSS.7630-7631, mainly newspaper advertisements.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Described in typescript supplements to the Library's published finding aids, by Richard Aspin and Christopher Hilton.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

MS.7157 purchased from A. R. Heath, February 1996 (acc. 350239). MSS.7630-7632 purchased from Clive Farahar, September 1998 (acc. 350998).

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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