William Smellie

William_250In June 1949 the Society made a ‘pilgrimage’  to Lanarkshire to visit the birthplaces of William and John Hunter and of William Smellie (1697-1763).

This included a talk on Smellie by Professor S J Cameron.

Smellie, having worked as a surgeon-apothecary and man-midwife in Lanarkshire for 15 years, went to London where he became a widely acclaimed teacher of obstetrics.

This portrait, thought to be a self-portrait, hangs in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.