Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

RCSI People

To help further research into the vast history of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) a number of historic lists have been made available below. Please feel free to consult, refer to and/or print any of these for your own records.

Please find lists relating to the Presidents, Honorary Fellows and Registrars of RCSI below. There is also a link to the RCSI Roll of Licentiates with the years 1785 to 1950 available for consultation online.  

 

 

 

There is a comprehensive historic timeline with all major events related to the College listed below followed by a transcription of the entire charter granted to teh College by King George III on 11th February 1784.  

RCSI Historic Timeline 

Transcription of entire RCSI George III Charter

 

Sir Charles A Cameron wrote a thoroughly researched and easy to read history of RCSI which was first published in 1886, with a revised edition being published in 1916. The book covers the teaching of surgery in Ireland, the foundation of the College, it contains biographies of all the College's Presidents and significant members of staff, the foundation of various departments within the College and the various private medical and surgical schools that were a major feature in Dublin city in the 18th and 19th centuries.   

It is an immensely rich historical resource for anyone interested in the history of surgery and surgeons in Ireland. A searchable PDF of this tome is available by clicking on the links below.

Please note the page numbers given in the index are not always correct. 

History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - preface to chapter 5

History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - chpater 6 to 10

History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - chapter 11 to 15

History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - chapter 16 to 18

History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - chapter 19 to 22

History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - chapter 23 to 25

History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - chapter 26 part a

History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - chapter 26 part b

History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - chapter 27 to index 

 

Numerous RCSI staff and students enlisted in the British Army in order to use their medical skills and training in saving those who were fighting on the front line in WW1. During and after the War the College continuously compiled the names of these doctors through despatches, newspaper reports, contact with families etc and created the RCSI Roll of Honour 1914-1918. This honours list was produced to remember and celebrate the compassion, medical skills and unselfish nature of those staff and students, some of whom were never to return home.  

RCSI Roll of Honour 1914-1918 cover to pg.24

RCSI Roll of Honour 1914-1918 pg.25 to 59

RCSI Roll of Honour 1914-1918 pg.60 to back cover 

 

RCSI has awarded a number of scholarships, prizes and medals to students over the centuries and still awards some to this day. A list of these historic scholarships, prizes and medals can be found below. The various scholarship, prize and medal winners are displayed on boards that hang proudly on the walls of the College's historic building, 123 St Stephens Green. These are the first prize winners names only, those who won second and third are named in the College calendars. Images of these boards can be seen by clicking on the scholarship, prize or medal title below. 

RCSI Historic Scholarships and Prizes in the Schools of Surgery

Abraham Colles Medal

Arthur Jacob Open Scholarship

Capt Harry Massey Miles Prize

Carmichael Prize Essay

Council's Prize

Gold Medal in Operative Surgery

J.J. Fitzsimons Gold Medal

Kane Medal

Leonard Abrahamson Gold Medal

MacClancy Medal in Neo-natal Medicine

McNaughton-Jones Gold Medal

Norman Rae Gold Medal

Peter McLean Gold Medal

Prof Edward Guiney Medal in Paediatric Surgery

Sir William Wheeler Memorial Medal for Surgery  

Upjohn Prize and Silver Medal

Upjohn Travel Bursary Prize

President of the Biological Society