William Hunter was a famous and successful surgeon and teacher of medicine. He specialised in midwifery and attended Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, at the birth of her children. He was particularly interested in anatomy and was appointed to lecture on the subject at the Royal Academy of Arts. Hunter amassed a huge collection of coins, works of art, scientific specimens and ethnographic items, which he bequeathed to his old university in Glasgow as well as the money to construct a suitable building to display the collections. The Hunterian Museum opened in 1807, making it Scotland's oldest museum.