Tweedie Photograph Collection

Scope and Content

Photographs and drawings of churches, businesses, transport, schools, local societies, general views of Currie, Balerno, Juniper Green, Colinton and the Pentland Hills and people from those communities.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Tweedie was born and brought up in Currie, a Midlothian village on the Water of Leith which is now part of Edinburgh. He worked in Kinleith Paper Mill, run by Henry Bruce and Sons. He was particularly interested in researching the history of the paper making industry in Edinburgh as well as the history of Currie and the surrounding communities of Balerno, Juniper Green and Colinton. He contributed to several local history publications and was a founder member of Currie District Local History Society. In addition to creating a large archive of research material he collected a considerable number of photographs.

Access Information

Access by appointment at Heriot-Watt University Archive, Records Management and Museum Service, Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh.

Acquisition Information

Deposited in 1988.

Other Finding Aids

Computerised database is available in the search room.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Helen Taylor, Archivist, Heriot-Watt University Archive, Records Management and Museum Service

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can be provided by request subject to permission of copyright holder.

Related Material

John Tweedie Local History Collection (HWUA JW), Currie District Local History Society photographs and slides.

Location of Originals

Many photographs are copies.


  • Our District: The Historical Background of Currie and Ratho Parishes. John Tweedie and Cyril Jones. Currie District Council, 1975.
  • Old Currie, Balerno and Juniper Green. George Monies. Stenlake Publishing, 2001.
  • Currie in Old Picture Postcards. John Tweedie, 1983

Corporate Names