King James VI and I (1566–1625)

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King James VI and I united independent Scotland and England under one monarch at the Union of the Crowns in 1603. In 1599 he granted a charter establishing the Glasgow medical incorporation now known as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. This charter, bringing surgery and medicine together in one body, restricted the practice of unqualified practitioners in Glasgow and in a wide surrounding area. James entrusted the founder, Maister Peter Lowe, with the responsibility of examining and licensing all those practising surgery, judging they were properly trained and of good character. The charter also controlled public health, medical jurisprudence and drugs and provided free medical service to the poor. This portrait was purchased by Professor G.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow


King James VI and I (1566–1625)


17th C


oil on panel


H 112 x W 87 cm

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