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


People [PERS ID:82]

First NameWilliam
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameIngham
Maiden Name
OccupationSurgeon (at Newcastle)
Medical Professional?Medical Professional


Birth (year) 1753
Date of death (year) 1817


A reputable surgeon, originally from Whitby, North Yorkshire. Apprenticed to the Newcastle surgeon Richard Lambert aged 13 and eventually became his profossional partner. Consulted Cullen over a substantial number of cases, including his own, from 1777 onwards and he also reported on autopsies. In 1778 he was appointed to Newcastle Infirmary, which Lambert had helped found in 1751.

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 52Case of Miss Mary Peareth who has a painful bladder condition.
2Case 53Case of Miss Barbara Peareth who is thought to have an internal abdominal tumour.
3Case 54Case of Miss H. Peareth whose bowel disorder proves to be worms.
4Case 55Case of Miss Harrison who is scorbutic.
5Case 193Case of Miss Mary Clutterbuck whose cough and other breathing problems are diagnosed as signs of 'hysteria'.
6Case 648Case of Mr Drysdale declining from a feverish chest complaint and 'a putrid ulcer in his chest'.
7Case 691Case of Miss Furie (Furye) who has a weak chest and who is given general advice on sustaining her health over the winter. She first consulted Cullen about four years earlier (c. 1772), but no evidence traced.
8Case 747Case of Mr Ralph Bates who has rheumatic pains and a liver and bowel complaint which proves fatal.
9Case 784Case of Miss Frances Simpson who is treated for an overian tumour under the immediate care of the surgeon Richard Lambert.
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 1051Case of Mr Wallis who suffers from a unremitting pain in his head which Cullen attributes to excess blood on the brain.
12Case 1195Case of Mrs Stephenson (Stevenson) who has a sore throat, breathing and other chronic complaints.
13Case 1272Case of Mr John Surtees who has asthma and erysipelas on his hands and face.
14Case 1382Case of Mrs Ward who has a skin 'eruption' on her face.
15Case 1492Case of Mr Hudson who has weak lungs.
16Case 1572Case of Miss Ellison who suffers from a number of conditions including costiveness, a nervous complaint in her head and an inflamed eye.
17Case 1657Case of Mr Ingham, the Newcastle surgeon, who has a weakness of his lung considered temporary.
18Case 1715Case of Mr Henry Collingwood of Cornhill who in 1784 had recently suffered 'a fit and fell off his chair'; then in 1789 he asks about taking Buxton water.
19Case 1761Case of Mr Ellison whose complicated complaints stem from a gouty disposition.
20Case 1812Case of Mrs Middleton struck with rheumatic pains in her chest and stomach.
21Case 1837Case of Catherine Davidson whose health is fully restored after following Cullen's earlier advice but who wants to know if she should start using a shower bath after the winter.
22Case 1906Case of Miss Wilson experiencing 'a peculiar kind of fit' rendering her insensible. Possibly sister of Ann Wilson (Case:1907). Both at Newcastle), but Cullen writes two district replies on 13 November.
23Case 2017Case of Miss Bell who has epilepsy.
24Case 2084Case of Miss Elizabeth Harrison who is delicate with 'weak nerves'.
25Case 2220Case of the Revd. Mr John Ellison who has a rectal disorder.
26Case 2240Case of Mr Tweedale [Tweedell], who has a weak, painful hand, which 'most probably proceeds...from long exposure to Cold, & the weight of the Gun rested on the parts, in the course of 20 years shooting'.
27Case 2265Case of Miss Grey of Bamburgh who 'is in a dangerous way'. Cullen is sent several requests and offers of large fees to travel to Bamburgh, but he is 'indisposed'.
28Case 2267Case of Mr Maxwell who has water on the breast.
29Case 2271Case of Miss Ward, a child with some kind of mental impairment.
30Case 2341Case of [Mrs?] J. Tweeddell [Tweedale]. who has a weak stomach.
31Case 2554Case of Miss Blacket only known from Cullen's brief apology for his late reply.
32Case 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).