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Dr Stuart Watson McGowan

  • UR-SF 92
  • Fonds
  • 1778-2007

Dr Stuart W McGowan was a lecturer in Anaesthesia.

Collection consists of books, booklets, media (CD and boxed presentation slides), photographs, copies of pages from books and typed notes in respect of the history of anaesthesia in Dundee and the history of Dundee Royal Infirmary, along with 2 wallet folders titled 'Dr SW McGowan, Anaesthesia' and 'Dr AH Mackin, History of Medicine' containing similar contents.

Dr Stuart Watson McGowan

Phoenix Assurance and Insurance policies

(1) Proposals for loss or damage by fire for 'Mr Sandeman & others', 1811
(2) Conditions of insurance for the building of a chapel of one floor and gallery, in the name of Patrick Sandeman of Leith and 'for others', 1819


Folder consists of 3 postcards:

/ titled 'La vaccine au Chateau de Liancourt, Peinture de C. Desbordes, 1812'
/ titled 'Florence Nightingale photographed with Sir Harry Verney, Miss Crossland and a group of \
Nightingale nurses at Claydon House, 1886'
/ titled 'Premiers essais du traitement du cancer par rayons X, Peinture de G. Chicotot, 1908'

Personal papers

(1) ‘The Battle of Culloden April 16th 1746’, by A Heckit Delin and L.S, 18th century
(2) Notes, leaflet advertising ‘Magna Charta (sic) Island’ and part of Highland history news cutting, Article of reviews advertising a series of drawings by Signor P Priolo to illustrate the poems of Ossian, 1873, 1836-1873
(3) Dr Halley’s Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh & Leith and Grand Lodge of Scotland membership parchments, 1844-1845
(4) ‘Diary of a young MD’ with passport, 1845. Also annotated transcript, [2019] Describes Alexander John Halle’s journey across Europe taken between June and November accompanying Benjamin Moccatta, his sponsor
(5) Membership certificate of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge for Dr Alexander Halley of London, 1848
(6) Certificate admitting Alexander Halley to the Highland Society of London, 1850 [damaged]
(7) Lists of Gaelic grammar and sentence constructions, with subscribers list for The Celtic & Gaelic Etymology, [1860s-1870s]
(8) Robert Inglis’ The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, inscribed ‘Alexander Halley Janry 1st 1868’
(9) Ms notes of ‘Reviews of Books’, [c1870]
(10) ‘Mountain Loch and Glen, illustrating our life in the Highlands’, by Joseph Adam, engravings and texts, 1870
(11) Letter and reply regarding Dr Halley’s appointment as Honorary President of the Gaelic Society, London, 1870
(12) Mauder’s ‘The Treasury of Knowledge’, 1870 inscribed ‘Alexander Hay Halley, 1872’
(13) Book of tartan patterns, inscribed ‘AH Halley MD from JSG Kirkpatrick 1871’
(14) ‘The Historical Geography of the Clans of Scotland’, including maps, 1872
(15) Music sheet of ‘I am asleep’, ‘The Highlands of Banffshire’ and ‘The Merry Making’, nd
(16) W& AK Johnston Ltd., The Scottish Clans & Their Tartans, nd
(17) Notebook, possibly written by Dr Halley, containing notes, lists, cuttings, medicinal and food recipes, riddles, and sketches, 1870s
(18) ‘The Highlander’ newspaper with Dr Halley’s obituary, also News cuttings [2] of Dr Halley’s obituary, 1875

Mixed material

(1) Illustrations of ‘Balbec’, ‘Beirout’ and ‘Lake Lee Hoo’, 1840
(2) Framed portrait of woman and two children [damaged], possibly members of the Knight family [mid 19C]
(3) Epitome of the marriage settlement of Mr & Mrs William Edward Youle, 1877
(4) Packet of pressed ferns and seaweed, nd [very fragile]
(5) Cartoon ‘He likes you’, nd
(6) Card of Health and pensions stamps of Kate Neville, 1945
(7) Bundle of picture postcards, mostly between members of the Bowden family, 1950s-1990s
(8 Funeral service programme for Susan Eastman, 2008

Profession papers

(1) News cutting listing candidates for the matriculation examination, including AJ Halley in 1st Division of passes, 1841
(2) Alexander Halley’s matriculation, lecture timetable, tickets and notes to attend lectures and examinations at University College London and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 1841-1843,
(3) Application by Halley for the post of physician at the Leeds Dispensary, with testimonials in his favour and accompanying notes and letters, including one whose rule is not to provide any testimonials to applicants, 1846
(4) Letter to Dr Halley, with invitation for the annual meeting and dinner to which all the physicians of Yorkshire attend, 1846
(5) Note confirming that Halley had studied obstetrics, 1853
(6) Draft reports of Dr Halley’s practical lecture at the Pathological Society, 1855
(7) ‘The Lancet’ [2], with report on Dr Halley’s paper on retention of a foetus, 1867
(8) Dr Halley’s copy of an Address by Lyon Playfair on Professional Education, 1873
(9) ‘Rules’, concerning the fees of rural and urban physicians, when to call in a surgeon, relations between partners and other principles, nd,


(1) Letters [70], from AJ Halley to his father living in Madeira, some written while on tour of Europe, with personal news, including his studies and exam successes, concerns about a mis-interpretation of one of his letters and his father’s health, worrying that ’you do not take exercise enough, you should go about more’ and writing him a ‘prescription’. Also mentions his 21st birthday celebrations, becoming an MD and moving from Edinburgh to London then to Leeds, his ‘money difficulties’, and ‘getting into practice’. Includes letter from his father agreeing that he ‘did right to break off your engagement with Miss H as it will probably be some years before you are in a situation to marry’, 1843-1847. With file of modern transcriptions of these and other correspondence, 1843-1855
(2) Letter, and ms duplicate, from Madeira to Dr Alexander Halley, Leeds, announcing his father’s death, 10 February 1847
(3) Letter from Ann Hally Williamson to AJ Halley referring to payments, Madeiran politics, and the death of Alexander Hally, 1847
(4) Letter to Dr Harland from Dr Halley, informing him of his expected prospects, that he is going to Madeira to sort his father’s estate and hoping ‘I shall have your full and cordial consent and cooperation in uniting’ him with ‘Dearest Emmie’, 1847
(5) Letters [33] to Dr Harland from Dr Halley with his general news, and referring to his medical practice, also several letters requesting and thanking his father in law for financial assistance. Includes letter referring to a brougham he and Emmie want to buy, a refutation of ‘several misapprehensions and errors’ about his financial state, but that his capital is ‘much smaller than my expectation led me to believe’, defending his financial behaviour and regarding his financial situation and prospects, with his accounts, 1850-1865
(6) Letters [2] from JW Marsh In Dublin about his health, 1851
(7) Letter to Dr [Harland] from Alexander Halley, favourably describing Mr Perry as an assistant, 1852
(8) Miscellaneous notes, including a riddle, 1854-1864
(9) Letter regarding collecting the rental due for 7 Harley Street, 1859
(10) Letters from JS Kirkpatrick and others, 1865, and between Elizabeth Kirkpatrick and Dr Halley, all concerning Sanders and Rose Kirkpatrick, 1871
(11) Correspondence and papers relating to Dr Halley’s interest in the Highlands, including letter to Dr Halley with verse in Gaelic, 1871, statement re University of Edinburgh’s Chair of Celtic Languages and Literature, with letter, 1873, letters [4] from the Highlander Office to Dr Halley and reply regarding his essay, 1873
(12) Letters [2] to Dr Halley from the Manse, Lundie & Fowlis, Dundee, concerning medical opportunities in Blairgowrie, 1873
(13) Guest list for ‘Dr Halley’s Party’, 1874

Legal papers

(1) Articles of co-partnership between WJ Gilder & Alexander Halley, 1847
(2) Receipt for £700 paid for dissolving Gilder & Halley partnership, 1850
(3) Witnessed note dissolving partnership of Halley and Gilder, 1850

Dr S.W. McGowan - Anaesthesia

Folder contains 11 items:

/ Black and white photograph of an unidentified gentleman wearing a suit and tie sitting at a desk holding
a pen [nd]
/ Black and white photograph of an unidentified gentleman wearing a suit and tie sitting holding a book
titled 'nitrous oxide' [nd]
/ Typed notes titled 'SSA History: The Scottish Society of Anaesthetists - Another Look At Its History' by
Stuart McGowan [nd]
/ Photocopy of pages from Scot Med J 1997; 42: 185-187 titled 'Sir James Young Simpson Bart - 150 Years
On' by S.W. McGowan, 1997
/ Booklet titled 'Simpson - the man and his discoveries' by J.R.J. Cameron - in respect of Sir James Young
Simpson [nd]
/ Typed speech titled 'Norman Rollason Memorial Lecture, 3 June 1995 - Coming Of Age' by Dr Stuart
McGowan [nd]
/ A handwritten note titled 'Music while you sleep' on The University Dundee, Department of Anaesthesia,
Royal Infirmary headed paper [nd]
/ Typed notes titled 'The History of Anaesthesia' [nd]
/ Typed notes titled 'The History of Anaesthesia in Dundee (1847 to 1964) - Chapters 1-7'
/ Photocopy of pages from British Journal of Anaesthesia 1998; 80: 96-103 Historical Article titled
'Anaesthesia in the 1920s by P.M.E. Drury
/ Handwritten notes titled '3 great discoveries of 19th Century Vaccinations, Anaesthesia and Antisepsis


(1) Photo album, likely Emily Jane Halley’s, and containing portraits of adults, couples and choldren, some annotated including ‘Hudson, Eggar, Nelson James Graham, William Halley-yg doctor’,[source: Philpott/Low], 19C
(2) Embroidered frame [loose and dirty] with photograph of Emily, Alexander Halley Low and Annie Low, [1893]
(3) Pack of photographs of testimonial of thanks from the Halleys, listing them all, to Nurse Hannah Ford, who served the family 1850-1900
(4) Mounted [damaged] photo of elderly Emily surrounded by family, c 1905
(5) Framed [damaged] portrait of elderly Emily c1905
(6) Photographs [9] of an elderly Emily Jane many featuring her family including daughter Annie and son-in-law AG Low and their children, c1905 - 1910


(1) ‘The Clans’ folder containing 15 loose mounted photographic portraits of men, one annotated on reverse, ‘Dr Alexander Halley 1823-1875’, mid 19C
(2) Portrait of young man, annotated Dr Alexander John Halley, c1845
(3) Photocards [4] of Alexander Halley, dressed in kilts, c1850-c1860
(4) Mounted photographs [2] of man writing at table, annotated Dr Alexander John Halley, and modern copy, c1855
(5) Mounted photographs of children with suggested names on reverse, including Emmie Halley, Edward Halley, Katrina and Ronald Halley, late 19C

Legal papers

(1) Marriage settlement of William Elliott and Evaline A Lucas, with related papers, 1866
(2) Probate of the will of William R Elliot, Lieutenant 29th Regiment [first husband of EA West], 1867
(3) Extract copy probate of Susan Ann Lucas, with details relating to Evaline A West underlined, 1879
(4) Certificate of death for Thomas Allen of Brighton as requested by Mrs West with letters [2], 1891-1893
(5) Papers relating to the Stammers Trust, including the copy will of Edward Stammers, 1910-1927
(6) Draft license granted by Mrs West to Mrs Carr for property in Brighton with associated papers, 1915-1926
(7) Annotated and damaged letter from the Public Trustee Office concerning a decision relating to the West Settlement Trust, 1916

Financial papers

(1) Letters, receipts and and statement of account for EA Elliott, 1868-1874
(2) Cheques, shares and business letters, 1870s – 1909
(3) Letters relating to financial and business matters, including those of her son and of her husband, of shares, of the Elliot Trust, West’s Estate, club memberships, with letters and statements of accounts relating to the Hallow Estate, 1875-1928
(4) Invoices, receipts, cards and letters of personal and domestic expenditure, including Mr & Mrs West’s collection of silver storage bills from Dixon’s Depository, 1879-1931
(5) Letters, receipts, and invoices relating to debts and payments to be made on behalf of Lieutenant GA West, including Trustees account, letter and receipt relating to costs, 1897-1912
(6) Solicitor statement of costs [damaged] concerning EA West’s will, 1918
(7) Charges as to appointment in favour of Capt. GEJA West, 1927

Financial papers

(1) Receipt for the administration of Alexander Hally’s will, 1847
(2) Notice of legacy duties to pay under Alexander Hally’s will, 1849
(3) Engraver’s receipts [2] for jewellery, 1861
(4) Note, copied from ‘The Times’, 1866 of the death of Major Kirkpatrick and his assets, nd
(5) Letter from Alexander Easton relating to an unknown payment, 1867
(6) Copy statement of assets of deceased Joseph Cragg with accompanying letter with accompanying note, 1868
(7) Stock exchange receipts with and notes of stock and related letter, 1869
(8) Letters [2] concerning buying and selling of shares, 1870
(9) Letters {2} between Dr Halley and ‘JSGK’ about risky shares, 1870

Personal papers

(1) Visiting cards ‘Mr M R West, Royal Artillery’, nd
(2) Army & Navy Provision Market life member ticket for Capt. M R West, nd
(3) Visiting card ‘Major M Richard, West Royal Horse Artillery’, nd
(4) Extract of orders [2] to Lieutenant RM West to deploy, ‘Nagpore’ India, 1868
(5) News cutting noting the promotion of Major MR West to the rank of Lieutenant -Colonel, 1888
(6) News cutting noting the return of Col West to Portsmouth, commanding time-served and injured servicemen and their families, 1894
(7) Notes [2] confirming West’s resignation from the Junior United Service Club, 1896

Financial papers

(1) Bundle of personal bills, 1870s- 1900
(2) Letter and receipt from military outfitters, 1890-1891
(3) Wellington College fees for pupil GJEA West, 1892
(4) Stamped receipt for term fees, 1895
(5) Letter to Colonel West regarding his India Office annuity, 1898
(6) Letters and receipts for payment concerning debts incurred by GA West, 1898-1899


Scarborough Gazette, 1870 and The Standard, 1899, The Art Journal, 1886, The Illustrated London News, with supplement engraving of ‘The war in the Soudan-Battle of Tamasi: gallant recapture of the guns’, 1884, page of Engineering, 1875, with piece about Henry Harland’s arrangement of fixing lifebuoys

Personal papers

(1) Birth certificate, for the son of Matthew Richard West, 1875
(2) Passports for George Evelyn Annesley West journey to Russia and his return to England, 1905, 1912
(3) ‘Russian as she is spoke’, typescript, c1910


(1) Letters from George to his parents, while at school, at Wellington College and on holiday with the Pattens, 1880-1893
(2) Correspondence and statements between CH [Blount?} RA Mess, Ipswich, Col and Mrs West, and Lieut. GA West concerning the latter’s dishonoured cheques, his likely dismissal from the Service and necessity of a transfer, potentially abroad, 1897-1898
(3) Letters from GA West to his sister Violet and his parents whilst on service in Sierra Leone, and whilst travelling there and back, 1898-1899
(4) Letters from George to his parents describing his confidence in learning Russian and shorthand and, after moving to Russia, his life in St Petersburg and Archangel, including the tense situation regarding the Czar and general unrest. Also letter to Capt, GA West relating to mortgages, 1905-1910
(5) GA West letters to his mother, written from Chelsham, some detailing his spending, with news of his activities, books read, his friends and colleagues in Russia, work he’s trying to do, and his health [he seems to be staying with a doctor] and his desire to go to Norway and plans to publish a book he translated from Russian. Refutes accusations that he is ill because ‘I avoided people’ or that ‘the whole British colony were wishing to kill me’, and that he is well enough and desires to return to work in Russia, 1912
(6) GA West letters, mostly to his mother, written in Salzburg, Ealing, Biarritz and Sweden. Contains responses to letters from his mother, thoughts on events, general news and opinions about his activities and the places he is living. Also refers to his health and the treatments he receives 1918-1925


(1) Studio portraits [4] of MR West in uniform wearing his hat c1880
(2) Studio portraits [3] of MR West in uniform holding his hat c1880
(3) Studio portraits [2] of MR West in uniform, head and shoulders c1880
(4) MR West in uniform on horseback, c1880
(5) MR West in uniform with Indian gentlemen, c1894 [damaged]

St John the Baptist, Dundee

  • BrMS 20
  • Collection
  • 1881 - 2016
Photographs and cuttings relating to Canon Leslie Verdun Stratton and his History of the Church of St John the Baptist, Dundee, plus the church's financial and other administration records and registers of baptisms, marriages, burials and confirmations

Members and officials of St John the Baptist, Dundee

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