Papers of Dr John Buchanan Barr (d.2003), general practitioner

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Educational certificates 1927-1938; papers relating to war service 1938-1983.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Buchanan Barr was educated at Dumbarton Academy and Glasgow University, graduating M.B., Ch.B in 1932 and gaining an M.D. with Commendation in 1938, his thesis being "The Remote Effects of Puerperal Sepsis". Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, he was in practice in the West End of Glasgow. He was commissioned in the R.A.M.C. at the beginning of the war in 1939. He saw service in units in the south of England before serving in North Africa in 1942 where he was attached to 78 Division which gained great distinction in the fighting from Algiers to Tunis and afterwards in Sicily and Italy. He was awarded the M.B.E. in recognition of distinguished services in North Africa. Following the war he returned to practice in Glasgow. He died on 8th June 2003.


Arranged chronologically within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

Gift from depositor's family.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Archivist. We will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Appraisal Information

Appraised in accordance with GB 250's collection policy.

Custodial History

Held with depositor's family.


Not expected.

Related Material

2004.3 watch and ribbons in College museum collection.

Location of Originals

This material is original.


No known publications.

Geographical Names