The Cullen Project’ is an AHRC-funded collaboration between the School of Critical Studies (English Literature) at the University of Glasgow and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE).

©RCPE, Cat. no. CUL-1-2-1772

©RCPE, Cat. no. CUL-1-2-1772

William Cullen was one of the most eminent physicians of his day. He rose to international fame as the leading figure in Edinburgh University medical school and served as president of the RCPE, thus becoming the most influential medical lecturer of his generation. Among his close associates are David Hume, Adam Smith and William Hunter: Cullen played an important role in the Scottish Enlightenment.

We are working on the transcription and digitisation of the entirety of Dr Cullen’s medical correspondence. Our aim is to create a publicly accessible online scholarly edition of one of the most important archives of eighteenth-century medical consultation letters. Our edition will have innovative search facilities with supportive editorial apparatus and will be of value to academics, practitioners, students and the general public.

‘The Cullen Project’ was founded in April 2011 (P.I. David E. Shuttleton). Since then, the team has worked hard at the digitisation of images, collection of data, transcription of the letters, and development of a fully-searchable database. Now the bulk of the work has been done, we are ready for the official launch of our project! which will happen in a special dedicated event in the autumn.

To keep up-to-date with our progress, please follow us on Facebook and twitter and on our websites and

1 Comment

Mark · March 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm

And we plan to launch the full website (with letters) in the Autumn! Follow us on twitter @digitalcullen for daily snippets from the archive!

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