The collection comprises of correspondence by Ferrier regarding the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 (leader William Speirs Bruce) and correspondence with Bruce (Ferrier was apparently Bruce's secretary).
James Ferrier collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 15 James Ferrier
- Dates of Creation1902-1913
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (65 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
James G. Ferrier worked for the accountancy firm, Messrs Whitson and Methuen in Edinburgh. He was appointed honorary secretary to the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902-1904 (leader William Speirs Bruce). This expedition conducted the first oceanographic exploration of the Weddell Sea and discovered Coats Land. Bruce also surveyed Laurie Island in the South Orkney Islands where a meteorological station (Omond House) was established on 1 April 1903.
Ferrier organized the reception of the Scotia on its return from the Antarctic in July 1904. In 1909, Bruce through Ferrier and the Scotia committee applied to Lloyd George, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for a grant to publish the scientific findings of the expedition. Although the application was initially turned down, a small grant was given and the seven scientific reports were published.
The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The log of the Scotia Expedition, 1902-1904 by William Speirs Bruce, edited by Peter Speak Edinburgh University Press (1992) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1902-1904] and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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