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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP2/20
HOME, Sir Everard (1756-1832)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Home, Sir, Everard, 1756-1832, 1st baronet, surgeon

Administrative / Biographical history

Everard Home was born at Hull on 6 May 1756 the son of Robert Boyne Home, army surgeon, afterwards of Greenlaw Castle, Berwickshire, and his wife Mary (nee Hutchinson). He was educated at Westminster School; Trinity College, Cambridge; St. George's Hospital; and Surgeons' Hall. At St Georges Hospital, Home was a pupil of his brother-in-law, John Hunter. He assisted Hunter in many of his anatomical investigations, and in the autumn of 1776 he partly described Hunter's collection. Having qualified at Surgeons' Hall in 1778, he was appointed assistant surgeon at the naval hospital, Plymouth. Later he went to Jamaica as staff surgeon, returning in August 1784. He resumed his assistancy with Hunter, was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1785, and in 1788 received the gold medal of the Lyceum Medicum Londinense for a dissertation on the 'Properties of Pus.' In 1786 he took charge of Hunter's patients while Hunter was ill, and lived in Hunter's house from this time till 1792, when he married. In 1787 Home was appointed assistant surgeon under Hunter at St. George's Hospital. In 1790-1791 he lectured for Hunter, and in 1792 succeeded him as lecturer on anatomy. He was elected surgeon to St. George's Hospital after Hunter's death in 1793. Home had a large surgical practice, and became keeper and afterwards one of the trustees of the Hunterian collection (1817). He was member of the court of assistants of the College of Surgeons in 1801, member of the court of examiners in 1809, master in 1813, and president in 1821. From 1804 to 1813, and again in 1821, he was professor of anatomy and surgery at the college, but did not lecture till 1810, giving another course in 1813; in 1814 and in 1822 he was Hunterian orator. In 1808 he was appointed sergeant-surgeon to King George III and in 1813 he was created a baronet. In 1821 he was appointed surgeon to Chelsea Hospital, where he died at his official residence on 31 Aug 1832, aged 76. He had resigned the surgeoncy to St George's Hospital in 1827, and was made consulting surgeon. Home married in 1792 Jane Thompson (nee Tunstall) widow of Stephen Thompson, by whom he had six children. Publications: Over one hundred papers in the Philosophical Transactions; A Dissertation on the Properties of Pus , London, 1788; A short Account of the Life of John Hunter, prefixed to Hunter's Treatise on the Blood, Inflammations, and Gunshot Wounds , London, 1794; Practical Observations on the Treatment of Strictures in the Urethra and in the fsophagus , London, 1795; Practical Observations on the Treatment of Ulcers on the Legs, considered as a branch of Military Surgery , London, 1797; Observations on Cancer, connected with Histories of the Disease , London, 1805; J. Hunter's Treatise on the Venereal Disease , edited by Sir E. Home, London, 1810; Practical Observations on the Treatment of the Diseases of the Prostate Gland , vol. i. 1811, vol. ii. 1818, London; Lectures on Comparative Anatomy, in which are explained the Preparations in the Hunterian Museum , London, 1814-1828, 6 volumes; On the Formation of Tumours, and the peculiarities in the Structure of those that have become Cancerous, with their Mode of Treatment , London, 1830.

Archival history

Presented to Guy's Hospital by Dr Skinner, in 1933.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Everard Home, comprising notes on his lectures on practical surgery, delivered at Guy's Hospital, 1794-1795, transcribed from notes taken by George Rose.

System of arrangement

1 volume

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 and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Correspondence and papers 1794-1822, held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England; correspondence and papers 1782-1832 held by the Natural History Museum (Ref: L OC63); lecture notes held by the British Library, Manuscript Collections (Ref: Add MS 34407); papers held by the Royal Society; notes on his lectures 1811-1812, held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (Ref: MS 5604); lecture notes, 1822 held by Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (Ref: Add 6213-17); lecture notes, c1803, held by Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections; correspondence with Baron de Cuvier, held by the Institut de France: Academie des Sciences.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD-ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives.

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.

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Date(s) of descriptions

June 2004

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  • History
  • History of medicine
  • Medical sciences
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Home, Sir, Everard, 1756-1832, 1st Baronet, Surgeon
  • Rose, George, fl 1794-1795, Medical student

Corporate names

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

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