Collection of J. S. K. Elmslie, Veterinary Surgeon

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of:

  • - c.100 photographic negatives showing animals and farmyard themes
  • - undated news clipping about the death of Principal O. Charnock Bradley, head of the then Royal (Dick) Veterinary College
  • - report of the visit to Kenya undetaken by Elmslie and Brennan in 1960
  • - memorandum from the Colonial Office, 1930, relating to agricultural, veterinary, forestry, and other scientific appointments, with application form
  • - b/w photgraph, unmounted, showing cattle and farmers, apparently the same location as many of those on the negatives in the collection
  • - b/w group photograph, unmounted, showing Elmslie standing behind John Reid, Chief Veterinary, Ministry of Agriculture, 1969
  • - b/w group photograph, unmounted, showing Elmslie, c.1970
  • - b/w group photograph, mounted and framed, probably graduation photograph, Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, 1934, includes Elmslie
  • - b/w group photograph, mounted and framed, 1st Association Eleven, 1930-1931, Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, includes Elmslie

Administrative / Biographical History

James S. K. Elmslie, the son of a butcher, became qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in Edinburgh in 1934 having studied at the then Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in the city. His career was closely involved with meat hygiene and public health and in the late-1930s he was in Birkenhead and Holyhead inspecting imported Irish cattle.

In February-March 1960 Elmslie took part in a British government vist to Kenya along with Mr. A. D. J. Brennan to determine the possibilities for the import of Kenyan beef into the UK.

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Acquisition Information

Acquired as donation 2005, Accession no: E2007.3.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using content of a letter sent by the donor.

Other Finding Aids

None prepared for this collection.

Archivist's Note

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