Letters of Sir James Reid (1849-1923)

Scope and Content

The correspondence in the collection consists of: letter from Reid at Balmoral Castle, 1897, to Lady White Cooper in which he comments on how he has 'been so completely overwhelmed with work'; and, letter from Reid at Windsor Castle, 1899, to Lady Cooper.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Reid was born in Scotland on 23 October 1849. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and he studied at Aberdeen University from which he graduated in 1869 with an MA. He subsequently obtained the degrees of MB and CM in 1872, and MD in 1875. Reid studied in Vienna, 1876-1877, and then he practised in Scotland, 1877-1881. He became the Resident Physician to Queen Victoria, 1881-1901, and he was also Physician-in-Ordinary to King Edward VII, 1899-1910. Reid was Consulting Physican at the Convalescent Home for Officers at Osborne, the King Edward VII Sanatorium at Midhurst, and at the Prince of Wales's General Hospital, Tottenham. Latterly he was Physician-in-Ordinary to King George V. Sir James Reid died on 28 June 1923.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd Edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: correspondence with Sir Thomas Barlow, 1891-1917, Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, Ref. PP/BAR NRA 41070 Barlow; and, miscellaneous correspondence including Lord Rosebery, 1894-1900, Ref. MSS 9827, 10092-10195 Passim.