Thomas Percy Claude Kirkpatrick Archive

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleThomas Percy Claude Kirkpatrick Archive
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/TPCK
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates18th century-1954
Extent Medium30 boxes + 111 volumes


Creator(s): Kirkpatrick, Thomas Percy Claude, 1869-1954

  • Administrative History ↴

    Thomas Percy Claude Kirkpatrick was born on 10 September 1869, the second son of John Rutherford Kirkpatrick (c 1832-1889), a leading practitioner and professor of midwifery. Kirkpatrick was educated at Foyle College in Derry before taking a first in history from Trinity College Dublin (1891) and graduating MB and MD in 1895. Kirkpatrick was anaesthetist to Dr Steevens' Hospital, then visiting physician to the same hospital as well as to the Westmoreland Lock Hospital. As well as anaesthetics Kirkpatrick was interested in venereal diseases, establishing a special clinic at Steevens' and publishing on the subject. Kirkpatrick was admitted as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 1903, and elected a Fellow the following year. From 1910 to 1954 he served as the College's Registrar, and was secretary of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland for almost as long. Aside from his medical career Kirkpatrick was a prolific author on the history of his profession. His three major works, histories of the medical school at Trinity College Dublin, the Rotunda and Dr Steevens' Hospitals, were published in 1912, 1913 and 1924 respectively. He also wrote numerous pamphlets and articles on Irish hospitals, Irish medical men and other historical topics. Kirkpatrick was president of the Irish Historical Society (1948-1951), the Royal Irish Academy (1946-1949) and was a member and president of the Friendly Brothers' Club. Kirkpatrick lived at 11 Fitzwilliam Place, with his unmarried sister Sibyl. He died on 9 July 1954 in Dr Steevens' Hospital and was buried in Mount Jerome cemetary. A Note on Names - Kirkpatrick was generally known as Percy or 'Kirk' by his friends and contemporaries. Due to his membership of the Friendly Brothers' Club he was addressed by his fellow members as Brother or Brother Kirk, and while he was president as 'Your Grand Benevolence' of 'Sir John Friendly'. All of these names can be found within the collection, especially within the correspondence section. For clarity throughout this list he will be referred to as Kirkpatrick, and other male members of his family will be referred to by their full names.
  • Archival History ↴

    The Kirkpatrick Archive forms part of the Kirkpatrick Bequest which was left to the College in Kirkpatrick's Will. This included his personal library, his collection of newspaper cuttings on Irish Doctors (the Kirkpatrick Newspaper Archive), Kirkpatrick's personal and professional papers and his collection of manuscripts. The last two portions of the bequest are covered by this catalogue. The Kirkpatrick Archive was bequeathed to the College in 1954, a partial cataloguing was carried out at about this time, although this only covered part of Kirkpatick's collection of manuscripts and none of his own papers. Kirkpatrick's own papers were found in the same files he stored them in and this arrangement has been kept.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Kirkpatrick, Thomas Percy Claude, 1869-1954 ↴

    Papers of Dr Kirkpatrick (1869-1954) covering his medical career and research into the history of medicine. As well as personal papers, correspondence and a small collection of papers relating to his father Dr John Rutherford Kirkpatrick (c.1832-1889). With Dr Kirkpatrick’s personal collection are manuscripts relating to the history of medicine in Ireland.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows:
    Family and Personal Papers
    John Rutherford Kirkpatrick
    Letters of Joseph and Luke Stock
    Diary of Major A K Y Kirkpatrick
    Kirkpatrick Family History Research

    Personal Papers
    Medical Career
    Lecture Notes
    Case and Fee Books
    Venereal Diseases
    Nursing Education

    Alphabetical Files
    Autographed Letters
    Medical Library Association
    Swan Memorial
    Patient Letters
    Jonathan Swift’s Marriage

    Historical Writing and Research
    History of Medical Teaching
    Book of the Rotunda
    Henry Quin
    The History of Doctor Steevens’ Hospital
    Pamphlets, Articles and Talks
    Medical Bibliographies
    Research Notes

    Medical Biographies

    Biographical Notes

    Newspaper Extracts


    Kirkpatrick Manuscript Collection
    Medical Lecture Notes
    Case and Fee Books
    Doctors’ Letters
    Medical Certificates
    Other Papers of Irish Doctors
    Hospitals and Medical Schools
    Medical Clubs and Associations
    Recipe Books
    Non Medical Manuscripts

    Newspaper Cuttings

    Visual Materials
    Prints, Drawings and Photographs
    Printing Plates
    Glass Lantern Slides
    Glass Plate Negatives

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 Dates18th century-1954
Extent Medium30 boxes + 111 volumes
Finding Aids A 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 Descriptions40634