Edward Hill Papers

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleEdward Hill Papers
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/EH
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/edward-hill-papers
Creation Dates1732-1854
Extent Medium11 items


Creator(s): Hill, Edward, 1741-1830

  • Administrative History ↴

    Edward Hill was born in 1741 in county Tipperary. He entered Trinity College Dublin in 1761 graduating MB (1771) and MD (1773). An active member of the King and Queen's College of Physicians of Ireland he served as President, Censor, Treasurer, Registrar and Librarian.He was professor of Botany at Trinity College Dublin (1785-1800) and regis professor of physic (1781-1830). Hill was involved in a major controversy which spilt the College of Physicians. He wanted money from the Dun's estate to fund a herb garden, whereas others, led by Robert Percerval, wanted the money to go to a clinical teaching hospital. The 1800 School of Physic Act provided funds for the hospital but not the garden, Hill deeply resented the decision and took a case against TCD to recover money he had expended on the proposed garden. In 1811 he surveyed the Dun's estate lands in county Waterford and presented a detailed report to the College of Physicians (RCPI/4/3/6/2). Hill was an accomplished scholar with a knowledge of Greek, Latin, French and Italian, he had a library of over 1,800 books, and was also involved in the printing house at Trinity College Dublin. Hill was married, with a number of children including a son William and daughter Eliza. He died at his home on York Street Dublin on 31 October 1830.
  • Archival History ↴

    Items were purchased in a number of auction sales.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Hill, Edward, 1741-1830 ↴

    Small collection of paper of Edward Hill, including family papers, letters and invitation cards, papers relating to his education and the School of Physic Act (1800), as well as some notebooks.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Files are arranged chronologically

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Access Guidelines
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopying of archive material is subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Copying Guidelines
Creation Dates1732-1854
Extent Medium11 items
Finding Aids The collection list is available in the reading room or online Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteHarriet Wheelock
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000. IGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Dublin: Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009.National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997.
Date of Descriptions40695