King's College London
Archive Catalogues
Home|College Archives|The Collection|GUNNING, John (d 1798) 

Download this summary catalogue (PDF) ›GUNNING, John (d 1798)

Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP1/21
GUNNING, John (d 1798)
1792, 1946
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
5 items


Name of creator(s)

Gunning, John, d 1798, surgeon

Administrative / Biographical history

John Gunning was Assistant surgeon to St George's Hospital, London, from 21 Jan. 1760 to 4 Jan. 1765, and full surgeon from that date till his death. In 1773 he was elected steward of anatomy by the Surgeons' Company, but paid the fine rather than serve. In 1789 he was elected examiner, and in the same year he was chosen master of the company. In 1790 Gunning was appointed the first professor of surgery; but he soon resigned on the plea that it occupied too much of his time, and no new appointment was made. Gunning was in general opposed to his colleague at St. George's, John Hunter. The quarrel rose to a great pitch when a surgeon was elected in succession to Charles Hawkins. Keate was supported by Gunning, and Home by Hunter, and after a sharp contest Keate was elected. A dispute ensued about fees for surgical lectures, which led to a controversy between Gunning, senior surgeon, supported by two of his colleagues, and Hunter. It ended in John Hunter's dramatically sudden death on 16 Oct. 1793, immediately after being flatly contradicted by one of his colleagues, apparently Gunning. Gunning had been appointed surgeon-general of the army in 1793, on the death of John Hunter; he was also senior surgeon extraordinary to the king. He died at Bath on 14 February 1798.

Archival history

Donated to Guy's Hospital Library by Sir Charles Symonds, Jul 1946.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of John Gunning, relating to the regulations for the teaching of pupils, dressers and apprentices at Guy's Hospital, including letter to Gunning from Joseph Warner, 29 Dec 1792, describing regulations in the hospitals in 1734; letter to Gunning from William Lucas, [1792] also describing the system for apprentices, dressers and pupils; also three manuscript copies of regulations.

System of arrangement

As described in scope and content

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

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Mr Guy's Hospital 1726-1948, H C Cameron, Longmans Green and Co Ltd, London, 1954; Dictionary of National Biography CD-ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995). Compiled by Alison Field

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

June 2004

W3C Semantic Web LogoPlease note:
This catalogue may contain links to external data sources as part of the W3C Semantic Web initiative.


  • Higher science education
  • Medical education
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Gunning, John, d 1798, Surgeon
  • Lucas, William, fl [1792]
  • Warner, Joseph, 1717-1801, Surgeon

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital, London
  • King's College London College Archives


  • Southwark, London, England

Contact us about this Catalogue ›
ARCHIOS™ | Total time:0.0284 s | Source:cache | Platform: NX