Authorised form of nameMonro; Alexander (1697 - 1767)
Dates1697 - 1767
Place of birthLondon, England
Date of birth08 September 1697
Place of deathHis home on Covenant Close, Edinburgh
Date of death10 July 1767
Dates and placesBurial:
Greyfriars churchyard, Edinburgh
Research fieldAnatomy
Edinburgh; MD; apprenticed to his father (1713); attended lectures by Francis Hauksbee (FRS 1705) and William Whiston and studied dissection under William Cheselden (FRS 1711) in London (1717); Paris; Leyden (admitted 1718)
Travelled in France and Holland; Professor of Anatomy and Surgery to the Surgeons' Company, Edinburgh (1720); Professor of Anatomy, Edinburgh University, to which he attracted students from Europe and America (1725-1759); Manager, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh; Director, Bank of Scotland; attended the wounded on both sides after the Battle of Prestonpans (1745); died of pelvic cancer
FRCPE (1756); Philosophical Society of Edinburgh
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election27/06/1723
ProposerWilliam Cheselden
RelationshipsSon of John Monro, President of the Edinburgh Corporation of Surgeons, and his wife, Jean Forbes; married Isabella, daughter of Sir Donald MacDonald of Skye; his son, Alexander, succeeded him as Professor of Anatomy
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Innes Smith; Hirsch
Obituary, Gentleman's Magazine (1767), p383; obituary, London Magazine (1767), p372
Royal Society codeNA8437
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/003140Monro, Alexander1776
LBO/20/25Copy letter from Alexander Monro, Edinburgh, to Hans Sloane12 December 1732
L&P/5/64Paper, 'Stating that 4 years ago he has injected the lacteals of a tortoise with mercury' by Alexander Monro22 December 1768
IM/003139Monro, Alexandernd
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