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Title: William Cullen's exemplary retirement : the art of ageing in Enlightenment Scotland
Author: Corrie, Jane Anne
ISNI:       0000 0004 7653 7787
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis looks at the subject of old age and retirement in the later years of the Scottish Enlightenment. These subjects are examined in relation to the final years of the physician and natural philosopher, Professor William Cullen (1710–1790). The Cullen Consultation Correspondence digital database ( is used to examine letters between the doctor and some of his elderly patients and a study of the botanical materia medica prescribed for this patient group is made. There follows an examination of Cullen’s personal retirement project, his improved farm and designed landscape at Ormiston Hill in West Lothian. The thesis examines the double meaning of the word ‘retirement’, both in its eighteenth-century sense as a retirement from active life, and its modern sense as the concern of old age. Even if Cullen’s notion of old age and retirement represented the concerns of an elite, it carried with it a broader social and moral responsibility. I show how Cullen and his peers sought to develop a programme of improvement which included how to live ‘a good life’.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PR English literature ; QK Botany ; RA Public aspects of medicine ; RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine