November 29 1489
Margaret, Queen of Scotland, born.
On November 29 1489 Margaret Tudor, English princess and Queen of James IV was born. The
daughter of Henry VII of England, she became the wife of James in a political marriage
known as the "Union of the Thistle and the Rose". It was through her bloodline
that King James VI of Scotland was able to base his claim to the English crown on the
death of his cousin, Elizabeth I.
November 29 1599
Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons granted its charter by King James VI.
November 29 1681
Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, granted its charter by King Charles II.
In the seventeenth century, Edinburgh physicians began to hold meetings in their own homes
to discuss the regulation of medical practice and the ways in which standards in medicine
could be improved.
Sir Robert Sibbald, an eminent physician and noted historian, was a member of this
group.He had the opportunity to petition King Charles II, who granted the Royal College of
Physicians of Edinburgh its Royal Charter in 1681.
Thus, Sir Robert is generally accepted to be the founder of the College.
The founding Fellows of the College were concerned not only with the advancement of
medicine as a reputable science, but also with alleviating the miseries of the City's
poor and needy.
For more than 300 years, the College has remained independent of control by government,
and its mission today lies close to the ideals of its founders:
to promote the highest standards in internal medicine
Zippity Doo Dah
Joe Boyd Williams SRT
Sons of the Republic of Texas
Cape Carancahua, Texas