Collection MS 7 - Dr John Berry of Tayfield

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Reference code

MS 7


Dr John Berry of Tayfield


  • 1769-1991 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

5 linear metres

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Dr John Berry was born in Edinburgh and educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge. After gaining a PhD at the University of St Andrews he pursued a career in zoology and biology, working for the Fishery Board of Scotland, the Biological Research Station at University College, Southampton, and the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board. In the course of his work he gained an international reputation, and travelled extensively, publishing papers and articles on freshwater fisheries, hydroelectric development and ornithology. During his career he was also consultant ecologist for the Scottish Landowners' Federation, a leading member of the Scottish Marine Biology Association, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the International Union for the Conservation of Natural Resources and the Wildfowl Research Bureau. Between 1949 and 1967 he was director of Nature Conservation in Scotland. Dr Berry also had strong links with the University of Dundee, and was awarded an honorary LL.D there in 1970, and an honorary DSc from St Andrews in 1991. Dr Berry lived at Tayfield Estate in Newport, which has been owned by the Berry family since the end of the 18th Century. He died in February 2002 at the age of 95.

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Scope and content

Files relating mainly to North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board projects, including their effect on the environment, in particular fisheries, and files relating to geese and wildfowl, 1934-1988; reports, proceedings and papers relating to ecological seminars and issues, 1949-1986; publications and newsletters, 1962-1991; items relating to civil defence, 1941-1966; correspondence about the principalship of University College, Dundee, 1936; photographs of plans 1775-1833 of Fife and Kinross, showing turnpikes and ferries; family papers, 1769-1838; maps and plans, c 1960s-1970s.


Not expected

System of arrangement

Usually chronological 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

The records are on paper and include photographs.

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

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Existence and location of originals

The bulk of Where it is not, the originals are held at Tayfield.

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A large amount of family and local records are held at Tayfield.

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MS 7P/1-6 were previously catalogued as MS 75P/16-21. MS 7/27 was originally MS 15/56

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Description identifier

MS 7

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
  • Russian
  • German



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