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Bone Setters of Anglesey, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0221 WM 840

Held at: Anglesey Archives

Title: Bone Setters of Anglesey papers

Short Title: Bone Setters of Anglesey, papers

Creation date(s): 1832-1950

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.003 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Hugh Owen Thomas (1834-1891); Thomas family of bone setters.


Administrative/Biographical history: Hugh Owen Thomas (1834-1891), pioneer in British orthopaedic surgery, came from a family of bone-setters in Anglesey, whose skills had been passed down from father to son for generations. His father, Evan Thomas, moved to Liverpool aged 19 to work amongst the seafarers and dockers; all his five sons became doctors. Hugh was apprenticed to his uncle, Dr Owen Roberts, at St Asaph, Denbighshire, and later studied medicine in Edinburgh and University College London; he qualified MRCS in 1857. His 'Thomas Splint' was introduced to the battlefields of the First World War by his nephew, Sir Robert Jones, and was credited with cutting the death rate from compound fractures from eighty per cent to twenty per cent. Dr John Lewis Thomas, born 1845, was the youngest of the four brothers of Hugh Owen Thomas.


Scope and content/abstract: Correspondence, 1832-1950; newspaper cuttings, 1891- [1930s]; notebooks, 1926; family tree of Evan Thomas, 1930.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Gwasanaeth Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Archives Service to catalogue in the language of the document.

Language codes: weleng


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: No information found

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Anglesey Record Office, WSP 388-392.

Publication note: Gwreiddiau Gwynedd Roots, April 2000; Hughes-Roberts, H., Meddygon Esgyrn Môn (1935); Jones, Bedwyr Lewis, 'Llythyrau hen feddyg esgyrn', Genhinen, 1966-1967; Jones, Glyn Penrhyn, 'Meddygaeth ym Môn', Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society, 1968.


Note: Title compiled from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: Anglesey County Record Office, Minor list, Bone Setters of Anglesey; Hugh Owen Thomas webpage (, viewed 21 July 2003.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2003

Orthopaedic surgeons | Wales | Anglesey | Archives

Personal names
Thomas , Hugh Owen , 1834-1891

Corporate names

Anglesey (Wales)

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