Collection MS 318 - Dr James Rorie collection

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MS 318


Dr James Rorie collection


  • 1817-2009 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.5 linear meters

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Name of creator


Biographical history

James Rorie was 4 April 1838 in Arbroath and educated at Arbroath Academy. In 1855 he began studying at Edinburgh University as a medical student graduating in 1859 as a Doctor of Medicine. In the same year he also received a diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons. He then began working in the old Dundee Asylum and was appointed Superintendent in 1860. Throughout his life Dr Rorie was an important member of the Glasite Church and in 1872 married Margaret Baxter with whom he raised a family. He was later involved in the building of the new asylum at Westgreen, Liff which eventually became the Royal Dundee Liff Hospital. In 1891 Dr Rorie was appointed lecturer on Mental Diseases in the Medical Department at Dundee University College. He died in 1911.

Archival history

The collection of Dr James Rorie's diaries and related materials was stored in a box at the house of Margaret Joan Rorie who died in 2002. Whilst her niece Jane Macintyre cleared the house she found this box. Inspired by the discovery of her great-grandfather's diaries and related materials, Jane Macintyre researched her family history. Through this she transcribed and scanned the Dr James Rorie material, donating it to the archives in 2009.

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Scope and content

Dr James Rorie's Diaries, 1862-1911; Documents relating to the Rorie family's education 1838-1947; Dr James Rorie's work related material 1863-1909; Dr James Rorie's personal, family and religious material 1817-1910; Photographs 1820-1923 ; Digital files from Jane Mcintyre 2009.


Not expected

System of arrangement

Records are arranged within series

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Written records on paper, photographs, embroidered cloth and scanned digital files on CD/DVD.

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Descriptive list. Subject source lists and databases are also available.

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Existence and location of originals

Consists of original material and scanned digital documents of original material held by the family of Dr James Rorie.

Existence and location of copies

Copies reside with descendents of Dr James Rorie.

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Description identifier

MS 318

Rules and/or conventions used

Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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