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


People [PERS ID:447]

First NameJames
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameFea
Maiden Name
AKAof Clestrain
Medical Professional?Medical Professional


Birth (year)
Date of death (year) 1796


Though he was apprenticed to a surgeon, he did not complete his studies and enlisted as an ensign under the Earl of Effingham and saw action during the Seven Years War. He retired from the army at the end of the war having reached the rank of lieutenant, and returned to his medical studies, and set up practice in Kirkwall. He later enlisted as a naval surgeon having become a Licentiate of the Company of Surgeons, and served during the American and French wars. He was much troubled by debt of the family estates throughout his life. He was married twice, first to Ann Corbet in 1759, divorced 1770; and secondly to Grizel Ross in 1771. He also authored several works including The Present State of the Orkney Islands Considered (Edinburgh, 1775) and Considerations on the fisheries in the Scotch Islands (London, 1787).

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 139Case of Mr Andrew Ross suffering from abdominal discomforts and interrupted sleep which eventually leave him delirious. Cullen considers it 'hypochondriasis'.
2Case 258Case of Mrs Lindsay who is advised on regimen and given prescriptions for a strengthener and a laxative.