In June 1964 the Society’s 48th meeting was held in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. The members visited the nearby village of Denholm where they were photographed in front of this imposing monument to the doctor and poet John Leyden (1775-1811) whose birthplace is close by.
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.