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Reference code(s)
FERGUSSON, Professor Sir William (1808-1877)
Level of description
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Name of creator(s)

Fergusson, Sir, William, 1808-1877, Knight, Professor of Surgery

Administrative / Biographical history

Born,1808, educated University of Edinburgh, from 1826, pupil, prosector and demonstrator, Old Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh, under the anatomist Dr Robert Knox, 1828; surgeon, Edinburgh Royal Dispensary, 1831-1836; surgeon, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, 1836-1840; Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1829; Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1836; appointed Professor of Surgery, King's College London, and surgeon, King's College Hospital, 1840, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1840, Fellow, 1844, Vice-President, 1869, President, 1870, Hunterian Orator, 1871; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1848, President of the British Medical Association, 1873; Surgeon in Ordinary to Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria, 1849; Surgeon Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1855; Sergeant Surgeon, 1867; resigned as Professor of Surgery, King's College, 1870; died, 1877.

Publications: Case of aneurism of the insominata (Edinburgh, 1841); Account of the dissection of a patient in whom the subclavian artery had been tied for axillary aneurism (Edinburgh, 1841); A system of practical surgery (Edinburgh, 1841); The introductory lecture delivered at King's College, London, on opening the medical session of 1848-49 (London, 1848); Lectures on the progress of anatomy and surgery during the present century (London and Edinburgh, 1867); The Hunterian Oration for 1871 (London, 1871).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

King's College Hospital.

Content & structure

Scope and content

File of case notes mainly relating to the work of Dr Robert Knox and William Fergusson at the Old Surgeon's Hall and Edinburgh Royal Dispensary, but also referring to earlier cases, 1827-1837, including an operation to correct a perforated anus in a young child, with accompanying correspondence recalling the case, 1841, and operations to rectify a hernia and hare lip, infant limb fractures, defects of the spermatic cord, and a post mortem examination of the abdominal cavity; printed prospectus of the summer classes in practical anatomy and operative surgery undertaken by Dr Robert Knox, 1832; single volume of case notes made by Fergusson while at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, 1839-1840, including examples of necrosis, syphilis, frost bite, but principally fractures, mainly of the tibia, femur, fibula and cranium.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements


Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London College Archives holds further entries relating to Fergusson's career in King's College London Council Minutes (Ref: KA/C/M); King's College Hospital Medical Board Minutes (Ref: KH/MB/M); King's College London In-Correspondence (Ref: K/IC).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Herbert Willoughby Lyle, King's and some King's men (London, 1935); Dictionary of national biography; National Register of Archives. Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

18 May 2000

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  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Diseases
  • Documents
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Hernia
  • Information sources
  • Injuries
  • Medical records
  • Medical sciences
  • Pathology
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Fergusson, Sir, William, 1808-1877, Knight, Surgeon
  • Knox, Robert, 1791-1862, Anatomist and Ethnologist

Corporate names

  • Edinburgh Royal Dispensary
  • King's College London College Archives
  • Old Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh
  • Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh

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