Forensic Research Guide

Survey of the Glasgow's historical resources relating to forensic medicine and science.

University of Glasgow sources

University of Glasgow Archive Services

  •     MED 1/1: Minutes of the Medical Faculty of the University of Glasgow, 1856-1878
  •     SEN 10: University Calendars.  Contains details of forensic medicine courses offered by the University 1826-1998
  •     LFS 4/9/1: Register for the Class of Jurisprudence, 1904-1913
  •     P5/1-3: Western Infirmary Pathological Reports and Pathologist's Reports


University of Glasgow Library, Special Collections

University of Glasgow, Hunterian Museum

Holds c. 300 microscope slides of hairs which came from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Glasgow and may have been produced by John Glaister, Junior

Further resources in Glasgow

Greater Glasgow Health Board Archive

  • GB 812 HB 43/3: Dr Angus McNiven, Killearn Hospital, Patient Examinations (1942-1943)
  • GB 812 HB 014 and HH67: Glasgow Royal Infirmary (1787-1998)
  • GB 812 HB 105: Professor William Parry-Jones (Forensic Psychiatrist to the Lockerbie enquiry)
  • GB 812 HB 088: Professor John Lenihan, British Clinical Physicist, (Creation of material, 1953-1999)
  • GB 812 HB 023: Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow (1881-1985)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow

Holds numerous forensic medicine textbooks, and minute books relating to John Glaister Senior's work for the Glasgow Royal Infirmary Medical Society and the Southern Medical Society.

  • RCPSG 013: Papers of Dr Henry Faulds (1843-1930)
  • RCPSG 001/20/1/17: Lectures on forensic medicine by Professor Harry Rainy. Notes taken by P A Simpson
  • RCPSG 021: Dr John Marshall Cowan (1870-1947), the collection includes scrapbook of memorabilia and testimonials for Robert Cowan.

Glasgow City Archive, Mitchell Library

  • GB 243 E, SR22/38-70: Glasgow Police records 1935-1954
  • GB 243 TD1450: Glasgow Corporation Public Health Department, 1936-1954
  • GB 243 CO4/3/10, SR22/77: Dumbartonshire Constabulary, 1884-1979
  • GB 243 TD734, Records of Criminal Cases in Glasgow area, 1823-1841
  • GB 243 B3/1, Glasgow Police Court, 1805-1875
  • GB 243 TD22, Dr Jamieson Papers, 1893-1975, (Oscar Slater Case)

Strathclyde University Archive

  • GB 249 OB: Records of Anderson's College formerly Anderson's University formerly Anderson's Institution, Glasgow

Scottish Screen Archive

Holds film of John Glaister Junior's wedding

Glasgow Police Museum

Strathclyde Police Museum

Entry by appointment only

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Holds Pouto Komanaw a Maori figure investigated by the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Glasgow to discover its origins through hair examination