The Doctors Gorman chest
This chest formed part of a presentation made by the people of Rutherglen to Dr John Gorman on 11 October 1850. The chest originally contained a set of medical instruments and was gifted to Dr Gorman in recognition of his 20 years of service dedicated to the health and well being of the people of Rutherglen.
At a dinner held at the Council Halls, the Chair of the committee making the presentation said of the doctor: “Dr. Gorman has been a practical man for 20 years; he is known to all of you. All of us can recollect when that fearful scourge, cholera, visited us. He went from house to house visiting the sick and dying – rich and poor – they were the same to him.” Dr John Gorman died in 1870, aged 68.
His son, James, had followed him into medicine and was himself a highly respected doctor to the people of Rutherglen. Following James’ death in 1899, a statue was erected in his honour on the corner of Main Street and Queen Street which stands to this day.