The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


People [PERS ID:1301]

First NameJohn
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameGoodsir
Maiden Name
Medical Professional?Medical Professional


Birth (year) 1746
Date of death (year)


Born in Wemyss, and a graduate of Edinburgh. A leading surgeon based in the East Neuk of Fife. Married to Agnes Johnstone of Moffat. He had eleven children, three of whom became surgeons. His grandson, also John Goodsir (1814-1867), was Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh in the nineteenth century.

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 196Case of John (Lindsay) Bethune of Kilconquhar, being reported almost daily by his surgeon John Goodsir.
2Case 260Case of Mr David Bethune of Balfour who consulted Cullen previously over stomach complaints (See Case 34). Now also has an eye problem, head-pains, abdominal pains and increasing weakness.
3Case 1670Case of Mrs Anne Bethune of Balfour and Kilconquhar, who in 1783 has largely recovered from a recent disorder but needs to take precautions, but by 1785 she has a bleeding wound on her breast. Goodsir and Cullen discuss dressing it.
4Case 1833Case of Miss Lindsey [Lindesay] who has responded badly to an electuary Cullen prescribed earlier.