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Ross, Donald Mars Morphett (1865-1921)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.4260-4261 and 6117
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Ross, Donald Mars Morphett (1865-1921)
Date(s): 1910-1916
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes and 1 file
Name of creator(s): Ross | Donald Mars Morphett | 1865-1921 | naval surgeon
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Donald Mars Morphett Ross was born in 1865 and trained at Edinburgh University, graduating M.B. and C.M in 1888. He was Assistant Medical Superintendent to the Cumberland and Westmorland Asylum before moving to the West Indies, where he was a Medical Officer in Jamaica. In the years prior to the First World War he served as a ship's medical officer in the Far East; during the War he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He died in 1921.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection consists of diaries, correspondence and other papers from the period in which Ross was medical officer of the coolie ship Hong Bee, travelling between Penang and the China coast via Hong Kong. MS.6117 includes a temporary commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps, 1916.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MSS.4260-4261 comprise diaries in chronological order of composition; MS.6117 comprises loose papers.

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) and Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999). Detailed catalogue available at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from Stevens', London, 1934 (accession number 84320).

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aids by S.A.J. Moorat and Richard Palmer. Biographical information from Ross's entry in the Medical Directory.

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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