Biography of Richard Millar
Richard Millar (d 1833) was a graduate of the University and the first Regius Professor of Materia Medica, from 1831 to 1833.
Born in Wellhouse in Glasgow, Millar studied at the University (graduating MD in 1789) and was appointed a lecturer in Materia Medica in 1791. In 1819 he was appointed to the lectureship for life. He informed the Home Secretary of his resignation from the Regius Chair in 1833 owing to ill-health, incurring the displeasure of members of the Senate who believed that they should have been informed first.
Millar was a consulting physician to the Glasgow Lock Hospital; a physician at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary from 1796 to 1833 (with some intervals), and was four times President of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 1818 he published a report on the prevalence of epidemic fever in Glasgow.