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Remote & Rural Remedies

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland hold a unique place in medical history. Expansive geography, famine and economic instability combined to create precarious living circumstances for both physicians and patients.

This exhibition explores the changes which have taken place in Highlands medicine over 500 years. It uncovers the stories behind Jacobite medicines, local healers and famed Celtic physicians such as The Beatons.

Geographical isolation meant that many medical recipes needed to be adapted to include locally available ingredients, including seaweed and fish oil. The Highlands were also viewed as a potential source of income for charlatans and an influx of travelling quacks from the Lowlands streamed across the Highlands in the 1700s and 1800s. 


This exhibition has been curated by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.  To visit the Online Exhibition, see here.


Sir Stewart Threipland's (personal physician to Bonnie Prince Charlie) medicine chest,  believed to have been used at the battle of Culloden

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