Papers of Sir James Black Baillie, 1872-1940, philosopher

Scope and Content

  • Pamphlet 1918
  • Letter 1918

Administrative / Biographical History

James Black Baillie, was born in  1872 . He received his MA from the  University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and from Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He received his DPhil from the University of Edinburgh, and studied at Halle, Germany, Strassburg, France, and Paris, France. He was the Baxter Scholar and Hamilton Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and also the Ferguson Scholar and Shaw Fellow in Philosophy there. He was assistant to the Professor Ritchie at the  University of St Andrews, Scotland and was thereafter appointed lecturer on Philosophy at the  University of Dundee, Scotland. He received his LLD from the  University of Aberdeen and was appointed professor of moral philosophy there  1902-1924 .

From  1915-1917 , he was engaged in connection with the Intelligence Division of the Admiralty. He acted as an arbitrator and conciliator in industrial disputes under the Chief Industrial Commissioner at the Ministry of Labour between  1917-1919 . He was then appointed Chairman's panel of Arbitration Courts under the Industrial Courts Act, 1919. He received the OBE in  1918 . From  1920-1924 , he was Chairman of the Jute, Flex and Hemp, as well as other Trade Boards; and he was member of the Royal Commission on Civil Service in 1929. In  1924 , he was appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Leeds, England, and remained there until  1938 . He was appointed the Hibbert Lecturer in  1931 , and it was in the same year that he was knighted. He was appointed Chairman to the Court of Enquiry into the Trawling Industry at Hull, and Chairman of the Conciliation Board for the Industry in 1935. He also acted as Chairman to the Government Committee on the regulation of wages and conditions of service in the Road Motor Transport Industry (Goods) in 1936. He then went on to be appointed Chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal on wages and conditions of labour in the oilfields at Trinidad, Island of Tobago, Caribbean, in 1938. James Black Baillie died in  1940 .

Source: Who Was Who, 1929-1940, (London, 1941)


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Purchased, March 1965, ACCN 4141

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Compiled by Elaine MacGillivray, Archive Assistant, July 2003

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Held by Peter Eaton until March 1965


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