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[Bookplate for Gilbert Finlay Girdwood]
[Bookplate for Gilbert Finlay Girdwood]
Title[Bookplate for Gilbert Finlay Girdwood]
Date Created[between 1825 and 1860?]
Sort Date1860
DescriptionBlack ink on white paper. Argent and sable with a straight line down the middle. Left hand side is sable and argent per pale charged with three castle towers, two over one. Right hand side is argent, with a chevron engrailed sable. Chevron surrounded by three roundlets sable, two over one. Shield is wrapped in stylized bordure. At the top, is a crest featuring a demi-lion rampant guardant, tail extended holding a tree in its right paw. Lion sits on a crest-wreath. Below is a motto on a stylized banner with decorative ends. The bottom of the bookplate has typed cursive fond followed by serif font.
Extent1 bookplate : intaglio printing ; 6.1 x 8.8 cm
SubjectLions ; Heraldry
Subject - GeographicLondon (England)
Personal NamesGirdwood, Gilbert Finlay
TypeStill Image
NotesGilbert Finlay Girdwood was originally from Scotland. He married Susan Sophia Bazeley and was the father of Gilbert Prout Girdwood (see bookplate BP MUR CAN P G73966). Gilbert Finlay Girdwood was a successful practitioner of medicine in London for 35 years. He was a surgeon, chemist, druggist, chapman, and general practitioner in Paddington. He wrote and published papers on various subjects, including cholera and the use of saline injections into patients' veins. On December 17, 1833, his partnership with William Jones as surgeons, apothecaries, and accoucheurs was dissolved by their mutual consent. The debts owing to their partnership were to be received and paid by Girdwood. On July 18, 1850, a petition for bankruptcy was filed against Girdwood. On October 11, 1850, Joshua Evans, Esq., a Commissioner for Her Majesty, asked for an audit of Girdwood's accounts and estate. The same day Girdwood countered with a request for the court to grant him a certificate confirming his conformity with the new bankruptcy law, The Bankrupt Law Consolidation Act, 1849. The court granted Girdwood a Certificate of the Second Class on October 1850 indicating that his bankruptcy did not wholly arise from inevitable losses and misfortunes. The certificate also indicates that the court saw no reason to think there was dishonesty in the contents or completeness of the discovery of Girdwood's estate and effects. The Canada Medical Journal announced Girdwood's death in 1869.
1) Canada medical journal and monthly record of medical and surgical science. (1869). p.576. 5, December 11, 2016. Retrieved from
2) Goulet, D. (2003). Girdwood, Gilbert Prout. Retrieved from
3) The London gazette part 2 (1833). London: Robert George Clarke. p.2398. Retrieved from
4) The London gazette, part 3 (1850). p.2937. Retrieved from
5) The London medical gazette. (1837). p.138. 20, December 11, 2016. Retrieved from
6) Wise, E. (1849). The bankrupt law consolidation act, 1849: (12 & 13 VICT. CAP. 106, ) with introduction, explanatory notes, forms, and a very copious index. London: John Crockford, Law Times Office and Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. p.156. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR ENG P G7396
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_ENG_P_G7396
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Stanley Binder. BP MUR ENG P G7396
Date Available2017-01-19
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptVITÆ VIA VIRTUS Gilbert Finlay Girdwood M.D.
TranslationA way of life
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