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BELL, William Blair- (1871-1936): copy of will

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S20
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: BELL, William Blair- (1871-1936): copy of will
Date(s): 1935-1936
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 folder
Name of creator(s): Bell | William Blair- | 1871-1936 | President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Blair-Bell (1871-1936) was co-founder (with William Fletcher Shaw) of the College and its first President. The second son of William and Helen Bell, he was born in Wallasey in 1871 and educated at Rossall School, King's College London and King's College Hospital. In 1905 he left general practice in Wallasey and was appointed to the post of Assistant Consultant Gynaecologist to the Liverpool Royal Infirmary. In 1918 he became senior surgeon and in 1921 was appointed to the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Liverpool University, a position he held until 1931. In 1929 he married his cousin, Florence.

Blair-Bell was President of the Obstetric Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and of the North of England Gynaecological Society and the Liverpool Medical Institution. In 1911 he founded the Gynaecological Visiting Society (GVS). He was co-founder of the College in 1929 and presented the College with its first headquarters at 58 Queen Anne Street. He established the money for the William Blair-Bell memorial lectures and for other research projects. He was President of the College from its inception until 1935, the year before his death.


Scope and content/abstract:

Copy of the will and grant of probate of William Blair Bell, 1935-1936.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: vested in the estate of William Blair-Bell. Copyright expires in 2007.

Finding aids:

A general index to the files listed in the catalogue of the Archives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is maintained in the College Archives; refer to the College Archivist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This item was supplied to the College by the Principal Registry of the Family Division in 1990.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCOG Archives holds papers relating to the College's transactions with the estate of William Blair-Bell (Ref: H1); Blair-Bell's history of the College, which passed to the College from the trustees of Blair-Bell's estate (Ref: S33); the College Archivist's and College Librarian's correspondence relating to acquisition of the Blair-Bell papers (Refs: at A10/2 and B6/6); Blair-Bell's personal papers (Ref: S1); Blair-Bell papers deposited by the Datnow family (Ref: S10); other memorabilia relating to Blair-Bell (Refs: S14 and S18); Blair-Bell's papers as College President (Ref: A4/1); photographs of Blair-Bell (Refs: PH1/1, PH7/4, PH7/9, PH7/13/1-2, PH7/16/5, PH7/18/1, PH7/18/15 and PH7/19/2).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Biographical details of the individuals who have presented material to the College and/or comprise the subject of the records, have been compiled using information in administrative files and, where relevant, consulting Sir John Peel's book The Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1929-1969, Whitefriars Press Ltd, 1975. Compiled by Clare Cowling, Archivist, RCOG.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
September 2000

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