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Medical notebook of Alexander Ochterlony, a younger son of James Ochterlony of Wester Seaton who studied medicine at the University of Paris.

Identifier: Adv.MS.23.6.15

Scope and Contents

The contents of the notebook are as follows:

(i) `Spagyricae seu Jatrochymicae Synopsios Cursus ... illustratus a doctissimo viro domino Rheo`, July 1631. Notes of lectures on chemistry given by Rhee [?Rae], a Scot teaching in Paris. (Folio 1.)

(ii) `De primis Naturae principiis`. (Folio 39.)

(iii) Extracts from ‘De gradibus et compositionibus receptorum et naturalium’ by Paracelsus. (Folio 45.)

(iv) Prescriptions in Latin. (Folio 51.)

(v) Extracts from ‘Methodus qua omnes humani corporis affectiones ... curantur’ by Marcus Antonius Cornacchinius. (Folio 55.)

(vi) Prescriptions in Latin and French. (Folio 61.)

(vii) `Consilium de renali calculo pro Mariora Inglish.` Ochterlony`s account of his treatment of a patient, Angouleme, 1635. (Folio 81.)

(viii) `Preface sur notre Isagoge ou Directoir Chymique`. (Folio 94.) A French version of (i), written in March 1631. It is followed by an index.

(ix) Prescription for cancer in French, taken from Etienne de Clave. (Folio 150.)

(x) Extracts from ‘Paradoxes ou Traittez philosophiques des pierres et pierreries contre l`opinion vulgaire’ by Etienne de Clave. (Folio 151.)

(xi) Catalogue of Ochterlony`s books. (Folio 161.)


  • Creation: 1631-1635.

Language of Materials

French; Latin


0.00 Linear metres (162 folios. Octavo.)

Custodial History

The manuscript was bought by the Advocates’ Library at the sale of Sir Robert Sibbald`s library in 1723.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.


Cornacchinius, Marcus Antonius. ‘Methodus qua omnes humani corporis affectiones ... curantur’ (Frankfurt, 1628).

De Clave, Etienne. ‘Paradoxes ou Traittez philosophiques des pierres et pierreries contre l`opinion vulgaire’ (Paris, 1635).
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