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Cullen, William (1710-1790)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0054
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Cullen, William (1710-1790)
Date(s): c 1768-1769
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Cullen | William | 1710-1790 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Cullen was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, in 1710. He was educated at Glasgow University before moving to London. He became a surgeon on a merchant ship travelling to the West Indies, in 1729. He returned to London in 1730, and assisted an apothecary, before returning to Scotland in c 1732. He went on to study under Alexander Monro, primus, at Edinburgh Medical School in 1734-1736. He began to practice as a surgeon in Hamilton, in 1736. William Hunter was his resident pupil from 1737-1740. Cullen graduated from Glasgow in 1740. He was appointed Professor of Medicine at Glasgow University, in 1751, and Professor of Chemistry at Edinburgh Medical School, in 1756. Cullen was President of Edinburgh College of Physicians from 1773-1775, and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, in 1777. He died in 1790.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of William Cullen, c 1768-1769, comprising a volume of manuscript notes relating to the syllabus of a lecture series on the Nervous System, by William Cullen. It is not clear if the manuscript has been written by William Cullen himself, or another individual attending the lectures.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of this volume is not known.

Allied Materials

Related material:

William Cullen often published his lectures. A version of his lectures on the Nervous System were published in Institutions of Medicine (1777).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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:
Aug 2008

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