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Johnstone, Robert William

Identifier: GD11

Scope and Contents

General correspondence 1927-1954; speeches 1913-1954; records of meetings of the G.V.S. 1935-1946; work on medical history 1944-1957; papers and letters regarding the publication of 'William Smellie: the Master of British Midwifery' 1951-1953; miscellaneous 1883, 1938-1945; diary 1929


  • Creation: 1883-1957

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Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 year and 75 year Scottish closure rules apply

Biographical / Historical

Born in 1879. Johnstone began working at the Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital in 1920. In 1922 he became assistant gynaecologist at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He held the Chair of Midwifery at Edinburgh University from 1926-1946, and was President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh from 1943-1945. Johnstone was author of a standard textbook on Midwifery. He was closely involved with the planning and building of the Simpson Memorial Maternity Hospital, and he subsequently became the first Chairman of the Board of Management of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Associated Hospitals. He died in 1969.


1 box: papers


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Custodial History


Immediate Source of Acquisition

M. Laing, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Edinburgh, September 1970


No further accessions are expected

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Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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