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McGrigor, Sir James (1771-1858)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.3388-3391
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: McGrigor, Sir James (1771-1858)
Date(s): c.1835
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 4 volumes
Name of creator(s): McGrigor | Sir | James | 1771-1858 | 1st Baronet | military surgeon
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

James McGrigor was born in 1771 and entered the Army as a Surgeon in 1793. He served in Flanders, the West Indies and India. In 1801 he was Superintendent Surgeon in Egypt, in 1809 Inspector-General of Hospitals, and in 1811 Chief of the Medical Staff of Wellington's forces in the Peninsula. From 1815 to 1851 he was Director-General of the Army Medical Department. He died in 1858.


Scope and content/abstract:

The volumes comprise McGrigor's holograph autobiography.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

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: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973). Detailed catalogue available at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from A. Brandon, November 1933 (accession number 66263).

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Up to volume IV the manuscript corresponds to the text published posthumously as The autobiography and services of Sir James McGrigor: bart., late Director-General of the Army Medical Department, with an appendix of notes and original correspondence (London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1861).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by S.A.J. Moorat.

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:
December 2000.

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