18th Century Doctors – Lesley McIlhagger

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A talk with reference to the 18th century doctors Hunter, brothers from East Kilbride.

John Hunter was born in 1728 at Long Calderwood, a farm eight miles south of Glasgow. In 1748 at the age of 20 he moved to London to work as an assistant in the anatomy school of his elder brother William (1718-1783). Under William’s direction, John learnt human anatomy and showed great skill in dissection and preparing specimens. William also arranged for him to study surgery under the leading surgeons William Cheselden (1688-1752) and Percivall Pott (1714-1788).

John Hunter’s collection is the basis of the Hunterian Museum in London.

William Hunter was John’s older brother, born in 1718 at Long Calderwood, a farm eight miles south of Glasgow. He matriculated at Glasgow University in 1731 studying under the famed Scottish physician William Cullen (1710-1790). He also studied medicine at Edinburgh University where he was taught by Scotland’s leading anatomist Alexander Monro primus. In 1741 he moved to London to train under the leading anatomist and obstetrician, and fellow Scot, James Douglas.

William Hunter donated his collection to the Glasgow University where it formed the basis of the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.

Lesley McIlhaggar has a Masters (honours) degree in history from the University of Glasgow and is a specialist in 18th century Scottish History. Since 2008, Lesley has working as a tour and started working for Glasgowcitysightseeing. In 2010, Lesley successfully completed the Blue Badge course and since then has been a freelance tour guide. Lesley is often sought after for talks, Burns Suppers where she introduces attendees to the richness of Scotland’s National Bard.

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