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GILLIAT, Sir William (1884-1956): letters to Dr G de M Rudolf

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S46
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: GILLIAT, Sir William (1884-1956): letters to Dr G de M Rudolf
Date(s): 1917-1918, 1969
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 folder
Name of creator(s): Gilliat | Sir | William | 1884-1956 | Knight | gynaecologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Gilliatt (1884-1956), KCVO, MD, MS, FRCP(Lond), Hon MMSA, was the son of a pharmacist. He graduated from the Middlesex Hospital in 1908 and held various posts there. In 1916 he was appointed assistant obstetric and gynaecological surgeon at King's College Hospital, becoming full surgeon in 1925. He remained at King's until his retirement in 1946. He also held the posts of obstetric surgeon to Queen Charlotte's Hospital and consulting surgeon to Bromley Cottage Hospital, the Maudsley Hospital and St Saviour's Hospital. He served for more than 20 years as gynaecologist to the Royal Family, attending the births of Prince Charles and Princess Anne. As a result of his relationship with the Royal family, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother accepted the office of patron of the College and the Honorary Fellowship. He was married with one daughter, and was knighted in 1948. He was killed in a car accident on 27 September 1956.

Gilliatt was a foundation fellow of the RCOG, and served on the Council from 1932 until his death. He was Honorary Secretary from 1942-1945 and became President in 1946 (bibliography: Sir John Peel, Lives of the Fellows, pp 169-172).


Scope and content/abstract:

Two letters from William Gilliatt to Dr G de Rudolf, 1917-1918, concerning Rudolf's military service during World War One and correspondence between Rudolf and the Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1969, concerning the donation of these letters to the College.

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Copyright: vested in the College.

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:

The letters from Gilliatt were originally passed to the College by their recipient, Dr G de M Rudolf, in 1969. These letters, and the covering letters from Dr Rudolf, were initially filed with Gilliatt's presidential papers. After transfer to the College Archives they were removed from the President's papers (A4/6/3) to series S46.

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Allied Materials

Related material:

RCOG Archives holds Gilliatt's presidential papers (Ref: A4/6); correspondence between Gilliatt and Fletcher Shaw during Gilliatt's presidency (Ref: A4/4/14). correspondence as Honorary Secretary, dated 1942, (Ref: A7/1/1); records relating to the College Charter (Refs: GS1 and H2-3); records created during Gilliatt's presidency relating to appeals (Refs: F8/2-6); papers relating to the Sir William Gilliatt Memorial Fund (Refs: F11/2 and GS3/4); Gilliatt's will and related papers (Ref: GS3/3); photographs of William Gilliatt (Refs: PH1P/6/1, PH3/13a, PH3/13/2, PH7/10 and PH7/16/5).

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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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