Papers of George McGlashan Kerr and Isabel Kerr

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains; correspondence; photographs; pamphlets and printed items; and autobiographical notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

George McGlashan Kerr (1874-1950) was a missionary for the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, working in Hyderabad, India. He was born in Aberdeen and volunteered for missionary work in Africa after meeting Robert Laws. He trained in Manchester and was appointed to Southern Rhodesia in 1900, but soon returned home. He married Isabel Gunn (1875-1932) in 1903, and the couple went to Hyderabad in 1907 after a period of ministry in the United Kingdom. Kerr worked as as a superintendent in an industral school, whilst his wife was a medical missionary. They set up a home for leprosy sufferers in Dichpali - the Victoria Leprosy Hospital - where Isabel introduced pioneering treatments. In 1923 they were awarded the Kaiser-I-Hind medal. Isabel died in 1932, and Kerr left India in 1938 to retire to Cove in Scotland where he died in 1950.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. It is essential to arrange an appointment in advance to view the archive in order that someone can be available to help. Please contact us by email at divinity-CSWC@ed.ac.uk. Telephone the Centre on: 0131 650 8900. Postal address: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue is available at the Centre for the Study of World Christianity.

Archivist's Note

Description originally written and researched by Caroline Brown in May 2001. This had been added to Archives Hub in August 2012 by Louise Williams.

Conditions Governing Use

Open to researchers. It is essential to arrange an appointment in advance to view the archive in order that someone can be available to help. Please contact us by email at divinity-CSWC@ed.ac.uk. Telephone the Centre on: 0131 650 8900. Postal address: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX.

Custodial History

The letters were collected by Joseph Ross (see GB 3189 CSCNWW4 held by the Centre for the Study of World Christianity), but has been kept as a separate collection on account of its size.

Accruals

No further additions to the collection are expected.

Geographical Names