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Diaries of a Nigerian District OfficerÆs family

Identifier: Coll-719

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of: a typescript accountViolet in Nigeriaedited by Margaret A. Kerrich (nee Cragg) from her mother's letters covering the period 1924-1930, and about the life of a District Officer's family; 2 cassette tapes recorded on three of the four sides by Kerrich relating experiences in Nigeria 1931-1932, and based on a diary; a small number of photographs (some of a leopard, possibly 'Piccin'), drawings and miscellaneous items; and, a nameplate for 'Piccin' the leopard which was presented to Edinburgh Zoo by Mrs Gilliat Cragg in 1929 and which died in 1934. The collection is a lively account of problems facing a District officer and his wife in, successively, Niger and Kabha 1924-1925, Benue 1926-1927, Bauchi 1927-1928 and Ninghi and Azare 1929-1930.


  • 1924-1934

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

Major W. Cragg was a colonial District Officer in Nigeria in the period 1924-1930. He served in different parts of Nigeria, namely: the Niger river area and Kabha 1924-1925, the Benue river area 1926-1927, Bauchi 1927-1928 and Ningi and Azare (both in Bauchi state) 1929-1930. In 1931, Cragg was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) for his mapping work in hitherto unexplored territories in Nigeria.


1 file or folder, 2 cassette tapes.

Physical Location

MSS 2499/1-6

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession no. E87.101


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.
Diaries of a Nigerian District Officer's family

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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