Papers of: Murie, James (1832-1925)

Scope and Content

Commonplace book with numerous entries by other hands, 1850-1920. Contains some medical and household receipts, but most entries are on moral and literary subjects, extracts, quotations etc. File of loose miscellaneous holograph items: The Infusoria, 1882; 2 drafts of a medical certificate for a worker at Messrs. Kynoch of Stamford-le-Hope, Essex, 1916; diary fragment, 1916; 2 letters to Murie from William Cole, Secretary of the Essex Field Club, on proposed lectures on natural history, 1907

Administrative / Biographical History

James Murie obtained his M.D. at Glasgow University in 1857; later he was Medical Officer in the Expedition to support Speke and Grant in 1862 and visited the source of the Nile at Lake Victoria, Nyanza. He was later lecturer in anatomy at the Middlesex Hospital. He retired to Leigh-on-Sea, where he became interested in Fisheries.

Access Information

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Presented by J. Murie, December 1926 (accession numbers 44942 and 69903). In the latter case, material was only accessioned formally in 1937, having been part of the initial presentation.

Other Finding Aids

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973). Detailed catalogue available at

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript volume and loose papers

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Helen Wakely based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by S.A.J. Moorat.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.


Biography of James Murie by S J Lambert.