David Waldie - From Chloroform to Calcutta

David Waldie born in Linlithgow in 1813 trained as a surgeon but is remembered for his part in the introduction into surgery of chloroform as an anaesthetic.

In 1853 Waldie obtained an appointment as chief chemist to a chemical manufacturer in Calcutta. He travelled to India keeping a detailed diary of his voyage. The original diary was given to the museum some years ago by Waldie’s great-niece.


The exhibition tells the fascinating story of Waldie’s work on chloroform.  It also tells of his journey by steamship to India recording his views and impressions of the many countries visited on the voyage.