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


People [PERS ID:544]

First NameHenry
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameCullen
Maiden Name
AKAHarry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor"
Medical Professional?Medical Professional


Birth (year) 1758
Date of death (year) 1790


The only one of William Cullen's sons to pursue a medical career. Graduated with medical degree from Edinburgh, studying under his father, and was appointed physician-in-ordinary to the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary in 1776, a position he held until his premature death a few months after that of his father. Probably acted as scribe for some of his father's case-records and certainly, from the Autumn of 1789 starts answering some patient letters on behalf of his ailing father.

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 3Case of Earl Cassillis, who is fevered, weak and in a state of terminal decline; eventually includes a post-mortem report.
2Case 196Case of John (Lindsay) Bethune of Kilconquhar, being reported almost daily by his surgeon John Goodsir.
3Case 392Cases communicated by Charles Broughton, a London surgeon, who sends Cullen letters detailing the successful use of his proprietary ointment that is supposed to cure tumours.
4Case 781Case of Mrs Henrietta Duff who suffers from shoulder pains, a swollen thigh, sweats, and spits blood.
5Case 788Case of Mrs [Jane] Fraser of Relict [Relig/Reelig], who suffers from breathlessness and pain in her side; she subsequently falls down stairs, becomes pregnant and is then dissuaded from suckling her child for fear of her catching milk fever and a cold.
6Case 822Case of the Honourable Captain Frederick Maitland, whose muscular pains are treated as rheumatic. In 1786 he has become very feeble and is in danger of a stroke.
7Case 878Case of young Campbell Betham of the Isle of Man, a student at Glasgow nursed through the measles by Cullen who is a personal friend of his father.
8Case 909Case of John Cook of Gallowhill, who suffers from phlegm and other ailments exacerbated by excessive drinking.
9Case 916Case of Mr MacDonald who has piles.
10Case 968Case of George Burdon who has a long-standing rheumatic complaint, develops bloody urine, suspected gravel and who eventually passes a large stone.
11Case 1044Case of Miss Home, sister of William Home at Berwick, who has a bad cough and spits blood; suspected of being a consumptive.
12Case 1167Case of Mrs Ogilvie who has a cough and chest complaint.
13Case 1272Case of Mr John Surtees who has asthma and erysipelas on his hands and face.
14Case 1277Case of Lady Grace Campbell who is generally deprived of her 'powers' and suffers vertigo, headaches and other 'nervous' symptoms [see earlier Case 340].
15Case 1329Case of Edward Brisbane, a merchant returned to Glasgow from America, who has ascites and anasarca (fluid retention) which prove fatal.
16Case 1394Case of Miss Carter a young girl with menstrual problems.
17Case 1591Case of Dr Percy, Bishop of Dromore, who experiences a strange sensation in his head when he lies on one side which can lead to a complete 'loss of his faculties'.
18Case 1623Case of Mrs Langton, a patient of Dr Heysham's who is 'strongly threatened with a Phthisis'.
19Case 1687Case of Miss Sykes, a young woman debilitated by a disorder which manifests in various feverish symptoms.
20Case 1689Case of Andrew Syme who suffers from pain in his head.
21Case 1780Case of Mr Darrell who has various symptoms including a skin complaint, a cold, feverishness and a nephritic condition.
22Case 1803Case of Miss Cook, of the Gallowhill family, who is feared to be phthisical.
23Case 1834Case of 'little John Hamilton', also known familiarly as Master ' Jackie' or 'Jackey', the infant son of John Hamilton-Dundas of Westburn. The boy suffers from 'eruptions' or 'tumours' resembling smallpox, which recur on his feet.
24Case 1864Case of James Brown who has a chest complaint and is advised to sail to Madeira.
25Case 1886Case of Mrs Wilson, wife of a grocer, who has a cough.
26Case 1887Case of Dr Charles Keith who has a chest complain with coughing and spitting up blood.
27Case 1911Case of Mrs Whitehead who visits Cullen in person for a menstrual disorder.
28Case 1914Case of Thomas Hamilton who has pains and spasms in the side and trouble walking.
29Case 1923Case of Mr Black with a disease of the urethra.
30Case 1941Case of James Collier, a student at Cambridge, who has been left emaciated by a severe cough and 'hectic' [indicative of consumption], for which, on the advice on London physicians, he has moved the Weymouth and hopes to winter in Nice.
31Case 2031Case of Mr Stewart of Shambelly [Shambellie] who is advised to got to Buxton for his health but later develops a chest complaint exacerbated by anxiety over family matters.
32Case 2037Case of Miss Wilson who wants to take precautions against developing her former menstrual disorder.
33Case 2112Case of Lady Banff who has various symptoms attributed to a 'weakness and laxity of her system'.
34Case 2116Case of Captain Baillie who has a stomach disorder and a pectoral complaint.
35Case 2236Case of Miss Margaret McKinnon whose disease is thought to be 'entirely rheumatic'.
36Case 2264Case of Captain Campbell who has developed eye problems.
37Case 2287Case of Colonel St Clair who has erysipelas, an ear discharge and boils.
38Case 2294Case of Mr Sanderson, the brother of the vicar of Morpeth, who 'has a diabetes'.
39Case 2303Case of an unnamed male patient reported to Henry Cullen as labouring 'under the most obstinate Gonorrhoea I ever met with'.
40Case 2317Case of A. Sandilands who cannot stand any noise.
41Case 2337Case of Captain John Enys.
42Case 2340Case of Mrs Lyell who has a urinary disorder.
43Case 2359Case of the Revd Matthew Surtees who since his youth has suffered from what he calls hectic and nervous irritability.
44Case 2452Case of an unnamed male patient with gout.
45Case 2499Case of Miss Marr, who has a cough and a knee ailment.
46Case 2553Case of Alexander Hamilton who 'by Idleness and almost Constant Drinking had beggared himself'.
47Case 2567Case of Dr William Cullen. This links together some significant instances where Cullen mentions in passing his own illhealth, and letters in which his son Henry, standing in to respond to patients, mentions his father's increasing indisposition and terminal decline from late 1789 (not fully comprehensive).
48Case 2569Case of Mr McLeod at Murkle, marked XYZ at his instruction and sent to Cullen by Dr Sinclair (but this document untraced).