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J. Gardner & Son Edinburgh, Surgical Instrument Manufacturers

Identifier: GD47

Scope and Contents

Items relating to the work of J. Gardner & Son, Surgical Instrument Manufacturers. These include design sketches and templates of surgical instruments and medical apparatus produced by the company, manuals and catalogues produced by suppliers of materials, and other documents related to the company's business activities. All materials included in this collection date from 1894 to around 1970.


  • Creation: 1894 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

Some collection items are in need of preservation work and therefore may be restricted for access in the reading room. Contact the LHSA archivist for further information: or +44 131 650 3392.

Biographical / Historical

J. Gardner & Son were surgical instrument manufacturers established in Edinburgh in 1866. They operated out of locations on Forrest Road, Teviot Place, and Candlemaker Row. In addition to surgical instruments, they also produced aseptic furniture, surgical bandages, and artificial limbs. While they manufactured a number of standard instruments, they also worked with doctors to produce new instruments and appliances by request.

J. Gardner & Son were the primary surgical instrument manufacturers to the following institutions: Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh City Hospital, Edinburgh Parish Council, Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Royal Edinburgh Asylum for the Insane (Royal Edinburgh Hospital), Edinburgh Royal Public Dispensary, Longmore Hospital for Incurables, Deaconess Hospital, Leith Hospital, Stirling Royal Infirmary, Perth City and County Infirmary, Dundee Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Northern Infirmary in Inverness, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, and Glasgow Western Infirmary. They additionally took commissions from other institutions in both Scotland and England. Around the beginning of the twentieth century, they began to receive an increasing number of orders from abroad as well.

The business was sold by Andrew Norman Gardner in 1943 to Archd. Young and Son, Ltd., Surgical Instrument Makers, who continued to operate the business from the Forrest Road location under the name of J. Gardner & Son.


3 linear metres

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Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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