GD11 Robert William Johnstone, medical practitioner

Collection Summary


Reference Code: GB239 GD11
Title: Johnstone, Robert William
Dates of Creation of Material: 1883-1957
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 1 box: papers


Name of creator(s): Robert William Johnstone (1879-1969), medical practitioner
Administrative/Biographical History: Born in 1879. Johnstone began working at the Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital in 1920. In 1922 he became assistant gynaecologist at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He held the Chair of Midwifery at Edinburgh University from 1926-1946, and was President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh from 1943-1945. Johnstone was author of a standard textbook on Midwifery. He was closely involved with the planning and building of the Simpson Memorial Maternity Hospital, and he subsequently became the first Chairman of the Board of Management of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals. He died in 1969
Archival History: Unknown
Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: M. Laing, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Edinburgh, September 1970


Scope and Content: General correspondence 1927-1954; speeches 1913-1954; records of meetings of the G.V.S. 1935-1946; work on medical history 1944-1957; papers and letters regarding the publication of 'William Smellie: the Master of British Midwifery' 1951-1953; miscellaneous 1883, 1938-1945; diary 1929
Accruals: No further accessions are expected
System of Arrangement: Chronological within record class


Conditions Governing Access: Access is subject to the terms of the NHS Records Management Code of Practice 2010, the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
Conditions Governing Reproduction: Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition
Language/Scripts of Material: English

Archivists' Notes: Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists
Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000
Date(s) of Description: May 2000; last updated August 2009