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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GREGORY, James (1753-1821)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 volumes


Name of creator(s)

GREGORY, James (1753-1821)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, Aberdeen, 1753; educated, Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities; Christ Church, Oxford; studied at St George's Hospital, London, 1773-1774; M D, 1774; studied medicine on the continent, 1774-1776; Professor of the Institutes of Medicine, 1776; began giving clinical lectures at the infirmary, 1777; Professor of the Practice of Medicine, 1790; head of the Edinburgh Medical School; had the leading consulting practice in Scotland; died, 1821.

Publications: Dissertatio medica inauguralis de morbis cœli mutatione medendis (Edinburgh, 1774); Theory of the moods of verbs From the transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh [Edinburgh, 1787]; Philosophical and literary essays 2 volumes (Edinburgh, 1792); Memorial to the managers of the Royal Infirmary [of Edinburgh] (Edinburgh, 1800); Additional Memorial to the Managers of the Royal Infirmary (Murray & Cochrane, Edinburgh, 1803); Lectures on the duties ... of a physician ... Revised and corrected by James Gregory, M.D. (Edinburgh, 1805); Epigrams and Poems (Edinburgh, 1810); Letters from Dr J G in defence of his Essay on the difference of the relation between motive and action, and that of cause and effect in physics: with replies by A Crombie (London, 1819).

Archival history

The volume was owned by Richard Whitfield.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of James Gregory, comprising notes on his lectures on the practice of physic, delivered at Edinburgh, 1814, taken by an unidentified student.

System of arrangement

3 volumes

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 Archives and Corporate Records Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984).

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Correspondence and lecture notes, 1775-1832, held by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, (reference: Gregory); lectures and notes, 1781-1820 (reference: MSS 2595-2627) and notes on cases treated by him at Edinburgh Royal, Infirmary, 1801 (reference: MS 6920) held by the Weelcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine; correspondence and papers, 1771-1816, held by Edinburgh University Library, (reference: Dc 2 97, 3 78-81 86, 5 23, 7 119-20, 8 147-49 163, 10 11, 45; Gen 691; La iii 788-89); lecture notes, 1787, held by Ostler Library, McGill University, Canada; lecture notes, 1788-1789, held by the Woodward Biomedical Library, University of British Colombia, Canada; lecture notes, 1793-1794, held by University of Toronto Library; lecture notes, [1818], held by the National Library if Scotland (reference: MS 9736); case notes, 1785, held by the Royal College of Physicians of London (reference: MS 256).

Publication note

Answer for the Junior Members of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, to the Memorial of Dr James Gregory by John Bell Surgeon (Peter Hill, Edinburgh, 1800); Narrative of the conduct of Dr J Gregory, towards the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 1809); Letters on Professional Character and Manners: on the education of a surgeon and the duties and qualifications of a physician, addressed to J Gregory, etc by John Bell (J Moir, Edinburgh, 1810); A Letter to Dr J Gregory Andrew Duncan the Elder (Edinburgh, 1811).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); British Library Public On-line Catalogue; Historical Manuscripts Commission's On-Line National Register of Archives; Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984). Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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

April 2002

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  • Clinical medicine
  • Higher science education Physicians
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences Medical education

Personal names

  • Gregory, James (1753-1821), Physician


  • Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, UK, Western Europe

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