The medical and scientific papers of Dr James Douglas (1675-1742), F.R.S., Physician Extraordinary to Queen Caroline, and mentor of William Hunter.
Bequeathed in 1783 as part of William Hunter’s library , the collection includes:
- medical case records
- anatomical studies
- botanical studies
- zoological studies
- important material on the Guernsey Lily
- a corpus of drawings and engravings of the rhinoceros
- abundant material on an 18th-century fraud, the case of Mary Toft of Godalming, 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.
How to find material in the Douglas Papers collection
- For a collection description, see MS Hunter D (click on list collection content for a list of item descriptions of entries currently available); alternatively, use the manuscripts search
- 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). Exhibition catalogue available in the Special Collections reading room.
- C.Helen Brock, "The rediscovery of James Douglas", The Bibliotheck, 8 (1977), pp. 168-176.
- Kenneth Bryn Thomas, James Douglas of the Pouch and his pupil, William Hunter (London: 1964). Includes an annotated catalogue of the Douglas Papers, now superseded by C.H.Brock’s handlist
- The Curious Case of Mary Toft (Book of the month: August 2009)