The history of medicine in Montreal and the history of McGill University are closely intertwined.
The oldest university in Montreal, McGill was founded in 1821 thanks to a generous bequest by James McGill, a prominent Scottish merchant. The College was established by royal charter granted by King George IV, in 1821. Eight years after it was officially established, "McGill College" began holding classes in conjunction with the Montreal Medical Institution which became the college's first academic unit and Canada's first medical school. Four years after classes began, McGill awarded its first degree – and Canada's first ever medical degree – to William Leslie Logie. Dr. Logie was McGill's only graduate that year.