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


People [PERS ID:886]

First NameDunbar
Middle Name/Initial(s)
Last NameDouglas
Maiden NameHamilton
AKALord Selkirk, 4th Earl of Selkirk
OccupationRepresentative Peer for Scotland (after 1789), Lord Lieutenant of Kirkcudbright, etc.
Medical Professional?Non Medical Professional


Birth (year) 1722
Date of death (year) 1799


Studied at Glasgow University under Francis Hutcheson and was rector 1766-8. Ancestral home at St Mary's Isle, Kirkudbright, but the Selkirk's townhouse was adjacent to Mint Close making them Cullen's near-neighbours. Had Whig and even radical political leanings.

Cases that this person appears in:

CountCase IDCase Name
1Case 364Case of Lord Daer (Basil Douglas), whose symptoms leave his family concerned that he may have consumption.
2Case 365Case of Lady Mary Douglas diagnosed with a 'weakness of her bowels'.
3Case 366Case of John Douglas, younger son of the Earl of Selkirk, who is 'liable to opthlalmia'.
4Case 367Case of Alexander Douglas, younger son of the Earl of Selkirk, with measles. Includes an earlier, isolated letter advising Selkirk on how to treat measles.
5Case 1148Case of Miss Mitchell whose health was undermined in the West Indies from where she returned two years previously; she has rheumatic pains and a long-standing throat condition which is described variously as a tumour or quinsy.
6Case 1205Case of the Earl of Selkirk who has a cough.
7Case 1528Case of the children of Lord and Lady Selkirk who are at risk of influenza.