Papers and drawings of James Douglas, 1675-1742, physician

Repositor and contact details : GB 0247 MS Hunter D and MS Douglas
Title: Papers and drawings of James Douglas, 1675-1742, physician
Date(s): 1700-1742
Extent and medium of the unit of description: 24 metres
Held at: Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department
Name of creator(s): Douglas, James (1675-1742: physician)
Level of Description: fonds
Language of Material : English

Administrative/Biographical History

Dr James Douglas was born in West Calder, West Lothian, Scotland in 1675 . He graduated MA from the University of Edinburgh in 1694 before moving to London where he worked as an obstetrician and was mentor to William Hunter (1718-1783), anatomist and obstetrician. Douglas was later appointed Physician Extraordinary to Queen Caroline and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He died in 1742 .

Scope and Content

Lecture, other notes, anatomical drawings, and correspondence mainly on medical, anatomical, botanical and zoological topics, 1700-1742

The collection includes medical case records, anatomical, botanical and zoological studies with important material on the Guernsey Lily and a corpus of drawings and engravings of the rhinoceros. The collection is particularly noted for the collection of anatomical drawings drawn by Douglas. There is abundant material on an 18th-century fraud, the case of Mary Toft of Godalming, Surrey, England, who claimed to have given birth to a litter of rabbits. An interest of a completely different kind is reflected in a series of manuscript English, French, Latin and Greek grammars, and in a copious index to the works of Horace.

System of Arrangement

The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Archival History

The papers of James Douglas were acquired by William Hunter and incorporated into his library. Under the terms of William Hunter's will, his library and other collections remained in London for several years after his death - for the use of his nephew, Matthew Baillie (1761-1823) - and finally came to the University in 1807. After Matthew Baillie's death in 1823 other papers were sent to Glasgow by his widow. Some papers known to have existed are now lost. The collection was initially housed in the Hunterian Museum and fully incorporated in Glasgow University Library after 1968.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift : William Hunter : December 1807 : ACCN 2499

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0247 procedures

Accruals

None expected

Access Conditions

Open

Copyright / Conditions governing reproduction

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/manuscripts/ searching by the call number MS Hunter D and MS Douglas. Some material has still to be added to this finding aid.

Related Units of Description

GB 0247 MS Hunter: Papers and manuscripts from the library of William Hunter

GB 0247 MS Hunter B: Chinese and other oriental books, manuscripts, and papers of Theophilus Bayer

GB 0247 MS Hunter H493-H509: Papers of Helen Brock relating to her research on William Hunter

Publication note

C Helen Brock, 'Dr James Douglas's papers and drawings in the Hunterian Collection', Glasgow University Library: a handlist (Glasgow, 1994)

C Helen Brock, James Douglas, 1675-1742, F.R.S.: an exhibition of books and manuscripts (Glasgow, 1975)

C Helen Brock, 'The rediscovery of James Douglas', The Bibliotheck , viii (1977, pp. 168-176)

Processing information

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 8 March 2002

No alterations made to date