Archibald Williamson


Archibald Robert Barclay Williamson, MA, MD, MRCS (Eng)
1875 - 1928

Faculty of Medicine 1901 - 1928
Obstetrics & Gynaecology 1914 - 1928

ARCHIBALD WILLIAMSON, borne in Kingston in 1875 was educated in Kingston schools, and earned a Queen's BA as gold medalist in 1895. In 1896 he earned his MA. He entered the Faculty of Medicine at Queen's and in 1899 at the age of 24 graduated with his MD degree, again as gold medalist of his class.

He spent the next year as an intern at the Kingston General Hospital and in 1900 he went to England for six months completing examinations earning the degree MRCS (Eng). In correspondence Dr Williamson outlined the demanding character of these examinations and noted the value of his internship in meeting this challenge.

Dr Williamson returned to Kingston in 1901 and started a practice which quickly flourished. In 1909, at the age of 34 he was appointed medical officer of health by the City of Kingston. He continued as a skilled practitioner and Medical Officer for the city until his death.

Dr William's association with Queen's Faculty of Medicine began in 1901 with his appointment as a demonstrator in pathology and bacteriology. He continued in this role for the next 15 years. In 1904 his responsibilities in the faculty increased with his appointment first as lecturer and later as professor of medical jurisprudence, a responsibility he held for 11 years. Dr Williamson was acknowledged to be an indefatigable worker and in 1908 his responsibilities increased once again with his appointment as faculty secretary and librarian. For two years he served also as a lecturer in chemistry and applied chemistry.

Dr Williamson was recognized as a diligent knowledgeable academic. He was appointed professor of obstetrics in 1914 at the age of 39 while Dr Mylks continued to be responsible for gynaecology. His course in obstetrics included four lectures each week with practical instruction on the maternity wards.

After a brief illness in the fall of 1928, he died at the age of 53. Dr Etherington described him as an admirable teacher and a truly good man. Dr Williamson and his wife Norma had two daughters, Nora and Elsie, and one son, Arthur.