William Hunter


William (1718-1783) Hunter, younger brother of John Hunter (1728-1793) was also a very famous Hunter.  He was a Scottish anatomist and physician.  He was a leading teacher of anatomy, and the outstanding obstetrician of his day.

Born: May 23, 1718, Calderwood, East Kilbride, Scotland

Died:  March 30, 1783, London, England

William Hunter bequeathed his collections to the University of Glasgow.  The museum became the foundation for The Hunterian.  His books, manuscripts and papers are held in the Hunterian Library.

Birth in 1718

William Hunter was baptised on 1 June 1718, the son of John Hunter in Kirktoun.  The entry in the Old Parish Register (OPR) for East Kilbride doesn’t record the name of his mother [Agnes Paul] or his date of birth. (Source:  National Records of Scotland OPR 643/1)



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