James Hamilton (1749–1835)

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Hamilton had a career as a prominent and well-respected physician in Edinburgh working at the Royal Infirmary, the Trades Maiden Hospital and George Heriot’s Hospital (now George Heriot’s School). Hamilton was particularly known for his work 'Observations on the Utility and Administration of Purgative Medicines' (1805) which ran to eight editions. He became a fellow of the college in 1772 and was president 1792–1794.

Hamilton was also known by the nickname ‘Cocky Hamilton’ because, in his later years, he was one of the last residents of Edinburgh to continue to don eighteenth century fashions, including his three-cornered cocked-hat.

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James Hamilton (1749–1835)





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presented as a gift to the RCPE by Dr George Bell in 1868

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