Thursday, 4 December 2014

Glasgow smallpox vaccination registers 1801-1825 online

The following announcement has just been emailed to me by Tahitia McCabe from the University of Strathclyde's genealogical studies programme, and concerns information gleaned from an archive visit attended by her students last week at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow:

"The archivist told us of a newly digitized resource that I thought folks might be interested in knowing about. We were told of a number of small pox vaccination registers which run from 1801-1896 from vaccination clinics run by the College for anyone who wished to have their child vaccinated. These were run in Glasgow but presumably could include people from outside Glasgow. They are arranged by date and there is no name index. The earlier ones have more details and from a look at the 1801 register the information taken down was:
  • Date of vaccination
  • Name (usually of the father)
  • Sex of the child being vaccinated
  • Name of the child (in some cases)
  • Age of the child being vaccinated
  • Place of abode
  • Name of people doing the vaccination

The registers for 1801-1825 have been digitized and can be viewed from the College’s website. A potentially important resource for information pre-civil registration.

The registers and a few more digitized resources can be found on their Digital Volumes website at: "


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