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Surgical instruments of William Beatty

Description

Wooden box with a brass handle and plaque inscribed "William Beatty, Royal Navy", containing instruments including a screw tourniquet, an amputation knife with detachable handles, two trephines and forceps. Inset into the box lid, behind a velvet-covered panel, are more instruments, including a fine-toothed bow saw, a knife, a hook and forceps.
Gifted to the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1924 by Mr William Ewing Gilmour of Rosshall, Sutherlandshire, at the instigation of J.B. Hilliard, instrument maker.
William Beatty was a naval surgeon during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815), and was present at the death of vice Admiral Horatio Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar.
Admiral Nelson was shot through the shoulder with a musket ball, perforating both lungs before lodging beneath his right scapula.

Date

c. 1800?

Identifier

2019/6

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

23 x 15 x 6.5 cm

Materials

wood
brass
velvet

Surgical instruments of William Beatty

Physical Object Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

23 x 15 x 6.5 cm

Materials

wood
brass
velvet

Files

NANO 0505 A296_ Beatty surgical set 2.jpg
NANO 0505 A296_ Beatty surgical set 7.jpg
NAN0505A296_William Beatty Surgical Kit 10.jpg
NAN0505A296_William Beatty Surgical Kit 12.jpg

Collection

Citation

Laundy; 1783-1843; surgical instrument makers, “Surgical instruments of William Beatty,” Heritage, accessed August 24, 2019, https://heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk/items/show/54.