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This material is held at Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Reference Number(s) GB 15 James Hunter Harvey Pirie
Dates of Creation 1913
Name of Creator James Hunter Harvey Pirie
Language of Material English.
Physical Description Correspondence (Circa 2 leaves)

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence to the leader of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 William Speirs Bruce.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Hunter Harvey Pirie was born in Scotland in 1877. He was educated at Edinburgh University and graduated with a medical degree in 1902. He joined the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 (leader William Speirs Bruce) as medical officer, bacteriologist and geologist. He wintered at Laurie Island, South Orkney Islands, where a meteorological station (Omond House) was established by the expedition in 1903. He then joined the subsequent voyage to the Weddell Sea. Pirie published scientific reports on bacteriology, deep-sea deposits, the geology of Gough Island, and the geology and glaciology of the South Orkney Islands, contributing also to joint zoological papers, maps and reports.

On his return to Britain, Pirie took up private practice in Edinburgh, then joined the Colonial Medical Services in Kenya in 1913. After serving in the army in the First World War, he accepted the post of superintendent of the Routine Division of the South African Institute for Medical Research in Johannesburg in 1918, where he remained for the rest of his professional life. He died in South Africa on 27 September 1965.

Published work, The voyage of the Scotia, being a record of a voyage of exploration in the Antarctic Seas by Robert Cockburn Mossman, James Hunter Harvey Pirie, and Robert Neal Rudmose Brown, C. Hurst London (1906) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1902-1904 Bruce]


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

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Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Personal Names

Pirie James Hunter Harvey 1877-1965

Corporate Names

Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-1904

Geographical Names

Antarctica Discovery and exploration

Cataloguing Info

Title James Hunter Harvey Pirie collection
Creation This document was generated by Javascript from an HTML form which structured the input according to the elements of ISAD(G) Version 2.
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  • Revised June 16 2003
  • 18 June 2005 Catalogue record converted to EAD2002, May 2005.

Pirie correspondence

Reference Number(s) GB 15 James Hunter Harvey Pirie/Correspondence
Dates of Creation 1913
Name of Creator James Hunter Harvey Pirie
Physical Description Letter

Scope and Content

  • MS 101/76;D Letter to William Speirs Bruce, 8 August 1913 [Returning proofs of an article]

Administrative / Biographical History

Letter from Pirie to the leader of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 William Speirs Bruce.



Related Material

See SPRI collection GB 015 Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, ships logs and plans, 1902-1904 for a fuller list of material held at the Institute on this expedition.

Personal Names

Bruce William Speirs 1867-1921 Polar Explorer and Oceanographer