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In 1724, beginning on 29 September, three issues of the 'Caledonian Mercury' contained the following advertisement: "About the Middle of February next, some Gentlemen of the Royal College of Physicians, who have lately erected an Elaboratory, will begin a complete course of Chymistry, with variety of Experiments on vegetables, Animals and Minerals, according to the method of the celebrated Herman Boerhaave; where likewise all the Chymical Processes in the New Edinburgh Dispensatory, will be shown as they shall fall most naturally into the Order. Clair and Innes, who had purchased a house at the head of Robertson's Close, about 100 yards from the University, in which they were to lecture and establish a laboratory. The developing organisation of the course is shown by details of the times and locations of the lectures being given"On the first Wednesday of November 1726, the Colleges of Medicine formerly advertised, begin in the following Order, viz -the INSTITUTIONS by Dr St.The same Gentle-men, begin to give publick Lectures, on different Parts, both of the Institutions and Practice of Physic on Tuesday the 10th of November next". The fitting up and equipping of the laboratory necessitated the chemical lectures and demonstrations beginning some months after the start of the medical lectures. Clair, at ten forenoon; -the PRACTICE by Dr Innes at eleven;-CHEMIE by Dr Innes at Twelve: These three in the Chemical Elaboratory at the Head of Robertson's Close: -MATERIA MEDICA, by Dr Alston at two afternoon, in the Physician's Hall; -ANATOMY by Mr.
The necessity of advertising is illustrated by James Craig, appointed Professor of Civil Law in 1710, who advertised his lectures in several successive issues of the Edinburgh newspapers in each of the years from 1710 to 1723 in which year his advertisement concluded: "and these stated Times of Mr.Plummer matriculated in the University of Leyden on 5 September 1720, and the register of the University of Leyden for 1721 includes the names of Andrew Plummer, Andrew St.Clair and John Innes all of whom were elected professors of medicine at Edinburgh in 1726; while in Leyden Plummer and St.According to the advertisements from 1725 to 1733 (except in 1726) chemistry was to be taught by all four Professors.and this arrangement continued throughout the remainder of their professorial careers so that there is no doubt that Plummer was from 1734 effectively Professor of Chemistry only.