Papers of Professor James Couper Brash (1886-1958)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers of Professor Brash consist of material on the history of anatomy and on the three Monros (Alexander Monro, primus; Alexander Monro, secundus; Alexander Monro, tertius), miscellaneous papers and photographs. There are notes, notebooks, and printed material.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Couper Brash was born in 1886. He attended George Watson's College and studied at Edinburgh University. During the First World War he served in France and Belgium with the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Major. He was awarded the Military Cross. His had begun his career as an Anatomist with the post of Demonstrator of Anatomy first at Edinburgh University and then at Leeds. He then became a Lecturer, and later Professor, at Birmingham University, where he was also the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. In 1931, Brash became Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh University. He retired in 1954. He was involved in the publication of Medico-legal aspects of the Ruxton case (1937) and his other publications include Neuro-vascular hila of limb muscles (1955), and The aetiology of irregularity and malocclusion of the teeth (1956). James Couper Brash died in Edinburgh in January 1958.

Conditions Governing Access

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Note

The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) University of Edinburgh Journal, Vol.19. 1958-1960, pp.117-118 (Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd). (2) Who was who, Vol.5. 1951-1960 (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1961).

Other Finding Aids

An important finding aid is the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives. Additions to the typed slips in sheaf binders were made until 1987.

Archivist's Note

circa 1930-1950

Related Material

The Index to Manuscripts shows references to copies of letters donated by Brash at Dc.4.98/7

Additional Information

The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) University of Edinburgh Journal, Vol.19. 1958-1960, pp.117-118 (Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd). (2) Who was who, Vol.5. 1951-1960 (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1961).