Hugh Calderwood

Biography of Hugh Calderwood

Hugh Calderwood
Hugh Calderwood

Hugh Calderwood graduated from the University MB CM 1895 and BSc 1896.

He was born 25th May 1874 in Fenwick, Ayrshire, and his father was John, a farmer. He began studying at the University in 1892 and studied subjects such as Chemistry, Forensic Medicine, Pathology, and Clinical Medicine.

Calderwood was a brilliant student, winning many prizes and medals throughout his studies including 8 second-class certificates, 12 first-class certificates and medals in Practical Zoology, Anatomy, and Junior Surgery. He graduated BSc with first class honours in the summer of 1896 and was then appointed by the University Court to a demonstratorship in Anatomy under Professor Cleland.

Hugh’s career was cut dramatically short upon his sudden death in 1897. Hugh died in the Western Infirmary at only 24 years old and following the tragic event professors, colleagues and fellow students of Calderwood funded the erection of a memorial window, a mural tablet, and the publication of a memorial pamphlet. The memorial window, in the Williams room of the John McIntyre building (then the Student Union), reads:

"A loving tribute to the memory of Hugh Calderwood MB CM, BSc, Demonstrator in Anatomy, Glasgow University, who died in the Western Infirmary 28th December 1897 aged 24 years. This window, in addition to a mural tablet in Fenwick Churchyard, has been erected by his many friends among professors, colleagues, and students."

The memorial pamphlet lists the subscribers to the tributes and listed among them are Professors Sir W. T. Gairdner, John Cleland and Sir William Macewen.


Hugh Calderwood
Born 25 May 1874.
Died 28 December 1897.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: BSc, 1895; MB CM, 1896;
Occupation categories: demonstrators
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2) In loving memory of Hugh Calderwood ... Demonstrator of Anatomy, University of Glasgow - University of Glasgow Library Research Annexe ( )
Record last updated: 22nd Sep 2016

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