Medic’s old lecture notes up for sale

It was with some interest that I read in last week’s Scotland on Sunday about the sale of these old Lecture notes:

I have read about the life of Dr Andrew Duncan (1744-1828) who was the most prominent doctor of his time in Scotland and was co-founder of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. On the other hand, I had never heard of Dr Charles Anderson, the medic whose Lecture notes are now for sale. So I have been exploring the archives and would like to share what I have found:

Charles Anderson was born in Pirnfield House in Leith in the summer of 1772. His father, Dr Thomas Anderson, was the pioneer of vaccination in Scotland – but it seems that he has been largely forgotten.

Charles Anderson went on to follow his father’s footsteps into Medicine, and after graduating, he practised in partnership with his father at 40 Quality Street, Leith:

Here is Dr Charles Anderson pictured with his eldest son, Thomas.

Thomas Anderson went on to have a distinguished career in science:

Dr Charles Anderson (1772-1855) was a founding member of Edinburgh’s Wernerian Natural History Society:

 

Dr Charles Duncan was fluent in French and German and translated the following for the Wernerian Society:

In the summer of 1809, Dr Charles Anderson was a witness in this murder trial:

In 1811, Dr Charles Anderson was involved in this correspondence about the treatment of Diabetes by blood-letting:

In 1817, Dr Charles Anderson was involved in this communication from the Leadhills:

Dr Charles Anderson died in 1855 and there is a family tombstone in South Leith Churchyard:

After his death his large home and surgery was sold [it was later demolished and Quality Street was renamed]:

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