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Loudoun Medical Papers: Campbell, John (1705-1782)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0192
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Loudoun Medical Papers: Campbell, John (1705-1782)
Date(s): 1762-1763
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 volumes
Name of creator(s): Campbell | John | 1705-1782 | 4th Earl of Loudoun | General


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Campbell was 4th Earl of Loudoun, a British nobleman and military leader, born in 1705. He was the great grandson of Sir John Campbell, who was created 1st Earl of Loudoun in 1637. He apparently paid a great deal of attention to detail, a characteristic that made him often late to many battles. Lord Loudoun was not a very successful military leader and many of his regiments were lost in battles. He was sent to North America, where he is said to have ignored the advice of the local colonials like George Washington, who anticipated the onslaught of French and Indians, and did nothing to strengthen the remaining western forts. He was generally considered incompetent, arrogant and tyrannical. He died in 1782.


Scope and content/abstract:

The Loudoun Medical Papers, relating to John Campbell, 1762-1763, comprising 3 large volumes of correspondence and other manuscripts relating to the medical hospital during the British expedition to Portugal in 1762-1763 where Lieutenant-General John Campbell was second in command of the English Army; letters from John Hunter; and a written catalogue of the letters compiled by George Ernest Gask (FRCS) in 1935-1936.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The papers were arranged by George Ernest Gask in 1935-1936. They were placed in chronological order, and the undated items slotted into appropriate places.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased by the College for 50, in 1935.

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
Sep 2008

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