Skip to main content
At the royal college of Physicians
and surgeons of Glasgow

Advanced Search

Search Results

Browse (5 items)

Your
  • Tags: Phrenology

burns_loan_1.jpg

Details

Dublin Core

Title

Cast of the Cranium of Robert Burns

Description

This cast is believed to be a copy of the originals, produced in the 19th century. It was in the possession of Murdoch Cameron, Professor of Midwifery at the University of Glasgow. Cameron then gave the cast to John Cleland, Professor of Anatomy, whose collection is housed in the University’s Museum of Anatomy.

This item is on loan to the College from the Hunterian Museum.

Date

c. 1800s

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Materials

Cast material

Description

This cast is believed to be a copy of the originals, produced in the 19th century. It was in the possession of Murdoch Cameron, Professor of Midwifery at the University of Glasgow. Cameron then gave the cast to John Cleland, Professor of Anatomy, whose collection is housed in the University’s Museum of Anatomy.

This item is on loan to the College from the Hunterian Museum.

phrenology_1.jpg

Details

Dublin Core

Title

The Phreno-magnet, and Mirror of Nature

Description

The phreno-magnet, and mirror of nature : a record of facts, experiments, and discoveries in phrenology, magnetism, &c

Creator

Spencer T Hall

Date

c. 1843

Identifier

Bookstore HAL

Publisher

London : Simpkin, Marshall

Language

English

Description

The phreno-magnet, and mirror of nature : a record of facts, experiments, and discoveries in phrenology, magnetism, &c

Phrenology_Combe_lowres - Copy.jpg

Details

Dublin Core

Title

Elements of Phrenology

Description

George Combe was a Scottish lawyer and one of the leading figures in the phrenological movement. In 1819 Combe had published several essays which discussed the work of the famous phrenologists Gall and Spurzheim. It was these essays that formed the basis of Combe’s ‘Elements of phrenology’.

Date

c. 1824

Identifier

Lister Room COM

Publisher

John Anderson: Edinburgh

Language

English

Description

George Combe was a Scottish lawyer and one of the leading figures in the phrenological movement. In 1819 Combe had published several essays which discussed the work of the famous phrenologists Gall and Spurzheim. It was these essays that formed the basis of Combe’s ‘Elements of phrenology’.

burns.png

Details

Dublin Core

Title

Cast of the Cranium of Robert Burns

Description

In 1834 the body of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, was exhumed from his grave in Dumfries. The exhumation was supervised by local surgeon Archibald Blacklock, who had an interest in phrenology. A plaster cast was taken of the skull, and Blacklock noted that “nothing could exceed the high state of preservation in which we found the bones of the cranium, or offer a fairer opportunity of supplying what has so long been desiderated by Phrenologists - a correct model of our immortal Poet’s head”. George Combe, a leading phrenologist, examined the cast and published his analysis in Edinburgh in 1834.

Three casts were made during the 1834 exhumation. This cast is believed to be a copy produced later in the 19th century. It was in the possession of Murdoch Cameron, Professor of Midwifery at the University of Glasgow. Cameron then gave the cast to John Cleland, Professor of Anatomy, whose collection is housed in the University’s Museum of Anatomy.

This item is on loan from The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

Description

In 1834 the body of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, was exhumed from his grave in Dumfries. The exhumation was supervised by local surgeon Archibald Blacklock, who had an interest in phrenology. A plaster cast was taken of the skull, and Blacklock noted that “nothing could exceed the high state of preservation in which we found the bones of the cranium, or offer a fairer opportunity of supplying what has so long been desiderated by Phrenologists - a correct model of our immortal Poet’s head”. George Combe, a leading phrenologist, examined the cast and published his analysis in Edinburgh in 1834.

Three casts were made during the 1834 exhumation. This cast is believed to be a copy produced later in the 19th century. It was in the possession of Murdoch Cameron, Professor of Midwifery at the University of Glasgow. Cameron then gave the cast to John Cleland, Professor of Anatomy, whose collection is housed in the University’s Museum of Anatomy.

This item is on loan from The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

Chalkboard (0;01;23;08).jpg

Details

Dublin Core

Title

Introduction to Phrenology

Description

As part of our 2019-2020 exhibition, "Great Minds: The Brain in Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry", we delve into the world of phrenology. Phrenology was very popular in Scotland during the early 19th century, but eventually lost followers due to its lack of scientific evidence.

Description

As part of our 2019-2020 exhibition, "Great Minds: The Brain in Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry", we delve into the world of phrenology. Phrenology was very popular in Scotland during the early 19th century, but eventually lost followers due to its lack of scientific evidence.

Search Again

Output Formats

atom, csv, dcmes-xml, json, omeka-json, omeka-xml, rss2