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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP37
LEESON, John Rudd (b 1854)
1874-1884, 1951
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file, 2 medals


Name of creator(s)

Leeson, John Rudd, b 1854, physician, Leeson, Spencer, 1892-1956, Bishop of Peterborough

Administrative / Biographical history

John Rudd Leeson was born in London, 6 Jan 1854, the son of John Leeson. He was educated at St Thomas's Hospital, Edinburgh, Vienna, and Berlin Universities, obtaining MD, CM, (Edinburgh) and MRCS (England). In Edinburgh, he was Dresser and House Surgeon to Professor Joseph Lister. Leeson served as House Physician, 1876, and Demonstrator or Anatomy, 1878, St Thomas's Hospital; Senior Consultant Physician and Chairman St John's Hospital, Twickenham; and Consultant Physician Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage. He married firstly Margaret Lewis, and secondly Caroline Gwatkin. Spencer Leeson, Bishop of Peterborough, (1892-1956) was the son of John Rudd Leeson.

Archival history

Presented to St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library, 1951.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas' Hospital Medical School Library in 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of John Rudd Leeson comprising letters and testimonials from Joseph Lister (1827-1912), 1877-1878, 1884; two large medals awarded to Leeson by Edinburgh University for Chemistry, 1874, and Clinical Surgery 1874-1875. Also contains note from Spencer Leeson providing biographical information about his father, and explanation of the medals and letter, 1951.

System of arrangement

Arranged as described in the 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 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

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 CD-ROM (A & C Black); The Medical Who's Who, 1925, Grafton Publishing Co Ltd, London. Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984). Description 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.

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Date(s) of descriptions

January 2004

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  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Surgery

Personal names

  • Leeson, John Rudd, b 1854, Physician
  • Leeson, Spencer, 1892-1956, Bishop of Peterborough
  • Lister, Joseph, 1827-1912, 1st Baron Lister, Surgeon

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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