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[An engraved membership certificate on vellum, admitting Andrew Duncan to the Company of Archers on 13 July 1771]

Author Royal Company of Archers
Title [An engraved membership certificate on vellum, admitting Andrew Duncan to the Company of Archers on 13 July 1771]
Imprint [Edinburgh?: s.n.]
Date of Publication [1771?]
Language English
Notes This certificate is printed on vellum. It is completed in manuscript with Andrew Duncan's details and signed by James Hardie, S.G.R.S. The remains of a papered wax seal are attached. The seal shows an archer with bow and arrow beneath a tree; on the verso is cupid with a bow and arrow. The Royal Company of Archers was formed in 1676. In 1822 it was appointed as the Sovereign's 'Body Guard in Scotland'. Membership is by election. Members need to be Scots or at least have strong Scottish connections. Andrew Duncan, the elder (1744-1828), became Professor of Theory of Medicine at Edinburgh University as well as President of the Royal College of Physicians in 1790. Having witnessed the poor treatment of the mentally ill, he proposed the erection of a public Lunatic Asylum, which was built in 1807 and eventually grew into the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
Shelfmark RB.m.654
Acquired on 15/08/07
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