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College Founders Animation

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Have you ever wondered how and why our College was established? In this short video, we describe what led Peter Lowe to found our multi-disciplinary College in Glasgow in 1599, and how he did it.

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Have you ever wondered how and why our College was established? In this short video, we describe what led Peter Lowe to found our multi-disciplinary College in Glasgow in 1599, and how he did it.

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Scan of Peter Lowe's Glove

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The aboive scan is of the left-hand glove that is believed to have belonged to Maister Peter Lowe, the founder of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

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The aboive scan is of the left-hand glove that is believed to have belonged to Maister Peter Lowe, the founder of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

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Scan of Portrait of William Spang

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Shown here is a portrait of William Spang, an apothecary and one of the College founders.

This portrait is held within the College Hall of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, hanging next to two of the other College founders, Peter Lowe and Robert Hamilton. Lowe was a surgeon and Hamilton was a physician. Thus, since its beginnings in 1599, the College has been the only multidisciplinary postgraduate medical institution in the UK.

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Shown here is a portrait of William Spang, an apothecary and one of the College founders.

This portrait is held within the College Hall of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, hanging next to two of the other College founders, Peter Lowe and Robert Hamilton. Lowe was a surgeon and Hamilton was a physician. Thus, since its beginnings in 1599, the College has been the only multidisciplinary postgraduate medical institution in the UK.

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Panoramic Video of College Hall

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This panoramic video allows you to look around the College Hall, which was constructed and designed by architect John James Burnett in 1892.

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Memorials of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 1599-1850

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Memorials of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 1599-1850; with a sketch of the rise and progress of the Glasgow Medical School and of the medical profession in the West of Scotland

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Duncan, Alexander

Date

1896

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Reading Room WZ 23 DUN

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James Maclehose and Sons

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Glasgow

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Public domain

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English

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book

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Memorials of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 1599-1850; with a sketch of the rise and progress of the Glasgow Medical School and of the medical profession in the West of Scotland

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Portrait of James VI and I (1566-1625)

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Standing three-quarter length in a brown lace-trimmed doublet.

There is some doubt regarding the artist: Gibson (1983) attributes it to Paulus van Somer; in 1993 Ewan Mundy suggested the Circle of David Mytens instead.
James was King of Scotland from 1567 and became King of England and Ireland following the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. In 1599 he issued a Royal Charter, granting permission to Peter Lowe, Robert Hamilton, and William Spang (and their successors) to establish the body which is known today as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Lowe was also chief surgeon to the King’s son, Prince Henry.

James was a prolific writer and tackled a diverse range of styles and subjects. Of particular note is his “Counterblaste to Tobacco”, an early anti-tobacco publication which appeared some 300 years before Richard Doll convinced the world of the dangers of smoking. There is a contemporary collected edition of his works in the College library.

This portrait was obtained at auction around 1950 by Dr T. J. Honeyman and, after restoration, was presented to the College in 1952 by Professor G. B. Fleming. Although the exact date is unknown it was certainly painted after James acceded to the English throne, as he can be seen wearing the Lesser George of the Garter around his neck.

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Paulus van Somer I (1576–1621) (circle of)
Circle of David Mytens

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17th century

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106

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103 x 86 cm

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Oil on canvas

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Standing three-quarter length in a brown lace-trimmed doublet.

There is some doubt regarding the artist: Gibson (1983) attributes it to Paulus van Somer; in 1993 Ewan Mundy suggested the Circle of David Mytens instead.

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Faculty Minutes 1602-1688

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Faculty Minutes. “Ane short abrigment of the gift granted to the chirurgiones of Glasgow by the deceast King James in the year 1599” at front.

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Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

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1602-1688

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RCPSG/1/1/1/1a

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Faculty Minutes. “Ane short abrigment of the gift granted to the chirurgiones of Glasgow by the deceast King James in the year 1599” at front.

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The whole course of chirurgerie, wherein is briefly set downe the causes, signes, prognostications & curations of all sorts of tumors, wounds, vlcers, fractures, dislocations & all other diseases, vsually practiced by chirurgions, according to the opinion of all our auncient doctours in chirurgerie.

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First edition of Peter Lowe's comprehensive surgical textbook, the first such book to be printed in English. Three further editions were published.

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Lowe, Peter, 1550?-1612?

Date

1597

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Bookstore LOW

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Printed by Thomas Purfoot

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London

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First edition of Peter Lowe's comprehensive surgical textbook, the first such book to be printed in English. Three further editions were published.

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Old Tombs, Glasgow Cathedral

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Lithograph illustration of the tombs in the churchyard of Glasgow Cathedral. The tomb of Peter Lowe is included, but only the names of John and James Lowe are visible.

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19th century

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288

Contributor

Miller, Robert
Buchanan, David S.

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paper

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44 x 55 cm

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Lithograph illustration of the tombs in the churchyard of Glasgow Cathedral. The tomb of Peter Lowe is included, but only the names of John and James Lowe are visible.

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Mr Colin MacKay laying a wreath at the tomb of Peter Lowe

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Photograph of College President, Mr Colin MacKay, laying a wreath at the tombstone of the founder of the College, Maister Peter Lowe, at Glasgow Cathedral.

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5 December 1999

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RCPSG/1/12/4/812/3

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photograph

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Photograph of College President, Mr Colin MacKay, laying a wreath at the tombstone of the founder of the College, Maister Peter Lowe, at Glasgow Cathedral.

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Maister Peter Lowe's Gloves

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A pair of leather gauntlet gloves with metal thread embroidery, believed to have belonged to Maister Peter Lowe, the founder of the incorporation now known as Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

They may possibly have been given as a gift to symbolise loyalty and service, as was customary. The gloves were donated to the College by Mrs Hamilton Gray, the widow of the Reverend John Hamilton Gray, in 1867. Reverend John Hamilton Gray was Minister of the Parish of Carntyne and was a descendent of Maister Lowe, his family having married into the Lowe family.
The embroidery work which they display is undoubtedly of a professional nature. The formal pattern of foliage, mythical animals, and cupola within arched pillars is typical of the period 1600-1620. The outlining of the fingers of the gloves with metal braid and the depth of the gauntlets suggest the date of around 1600-1610.

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c. 1600-1610

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2019/7

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2 x 31 x 13 cm (per glove)

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leather
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A pair of leather gauntlet gloves with metal thread embroidery, believed to have belonged to Maister Peter Lowe, the founder of the incorporation now known as Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

They may possibly have been given as a gift to symbolise loyalty and service, as was customary. The gloves were donated to the College by Mrs Hamilton Gray, the widow of the Reverend John Hamilton Gray, in 1867. Reverend John Hamilton Gray was Minister of the Parish of Carntyne and was a descendent of Maister Lowe, his family having married into the Lowe family.

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Portrait of William Spang

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Portrait of William Spang, standing half-length in robes with his hand resting on a book. This portrait is a copy of a previous portrait by an artist from the 17th Century Scottish School.
William Spang was an apothecary and named in the Charter of incorporation of 1599 as the inspector of any shops selling drugs.

This portrait is a copy, made in 1822, of a previous portrait by an artist from the 17th Century Scottish School.

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Unknown

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17th century

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100

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90 x 69 cm

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Oil on canvas

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Portrait of William Spang, standing half-length in robes with his hand resting on a book. This portrait is a copy of a previous portrait by an artist from the 17th Century Scottish School.

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Portrait of Robert Hamilton

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Portrait of Robert Hamilton, standing half-length in a black lace-trimmed cloak.
The physician Robert Hamilton was one of the co-founders of the College, and is named in the Royal Charter of 1599 alongside Peter Lowe and William Spang.

According to College minutes the early portraits of Hamilton, Lowe and Spang had deteriorated to such an extent by 1822 that copies were made. The original was the work of an artist from the 17th Century Scottish School.

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Scottish school

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17th century

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98

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90.5 x 69.5 cm

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Oil on canvas

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Portrait of Robert Hamilton, standing half-length in a black lace-trimmed cloak.

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Notarial copy of the Faculty's Royal charter

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Notarial copy (1804) of Faculty Charter given by James VI in 1599 to Peter Lowe.

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1804

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RCPSG/1/8/10/1-3

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Notarial copy (1804) of Faculty Charter given by James VI in 1599 to Peter Lowe.

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Portrait of Maister Peter Lowe

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Portrait of Maister Peter Lowe, standing half-length in robes with his hand resting on a book.
Peter Lowe was a Scottish surgeon who studied medicine and surgery at the Conferie de St Come et St Damien in Paris, and served as Surgeon in Ordinary to King Henry IV of France.

He returned to Glasgow in 1598 and, finding medical and surgical standards in the town lacking, decided to petition King James VI. The King responded by granting a Royal Charter in 1599, granting Lowe and Hamilton (and their successors) the power to examine and license physicians and surgeons in the West of Scotland.

The Charter was ratified by an Act of the Scottish Parliament in 1672, and is the founding document of the organisation known today as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

This is a copy of the original portrait, made in 1822.

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Circle of David Mytens

Date

1822, after an earlier work

Identifier

99

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116.5 x 96 cm

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Oil on canvas

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Portrait of Maister Peter Lowe, standing half-length in robes with his hand resting on a book.

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