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Photographs (copies) taken by Capt. Herbert Mather Spoor

Identifier: Coll-1155

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of copies of photographs taken by Herbert Mather Spoor. Titles of photographs, as noted by Capt. H. M. Spoor R.A.M.C., M.C., under each photograph in the original family album, are as follows (numbering is that given by Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library):

  1. 1. Fire at Pathology
  2. 2. Botany 1904
  3. 3. Histology
  4. 4. Histology
  5. 5. [H. M. Spoor] April 1905
  6. 6. M.A. students [3 female graduates]
  7. 7. Edinburgh University Cycling Club, July 1904
  8. 8. Edinburgh University Cycling Club, July 1904
  9. 9. Edinburgh University Cycling Club, July 1904
  10. 10. H.Co. (Varsity) 9th V.B.., Royal Scots
  11. 11. Sir Charles Eliot and Sir A. Conan Doyle
  12. 12. Graduation Day
  13. 13. Cycling Club at Ormiston
  14. 14. Cycling Club at the Union
  15. 15. Opening of the Season 1905. 'Varsity start their innings
  16. 16. Budding surgeons
  17. 17. [H. M. Spoor] June 1905
  18. 18. The Captain
  19. 19. Starting [E.U. Cycling Club]
  20. 20. Sweet girl graduates
  21. 21. Pharmaceutical botanists
  22. 22. Dr. R.J.A. Berry and Dr. H.J. Norman
  23. 23. Dr. G.A. Gibson, Dr. A.D. Waller, Sir F. Younghusband, Prof. Lodge


  • Creation: 1904-1905

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Herbert Mather Spoor, a Yorkshireman, but latterly from Rochester, in Kent, was a Captain with the 77th Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery (a heavy artillery group). He attended Edinburgh University in the 1900s as a medical student and is believed to have been the founder of the University Cycling Club. While at the University he took a number of photographs showing life on campus, including some of members of the E.U. Cycling Club when they were out-and-about around the city.

Spoor was awarded the degrees of M.B., Ch.B.Ed. from Edinburgh University in 1908 and became registered as a doctor on 18 December 1908. He practiced in Stoke, Rochester, at the practice of Trubridge, Coombe and Spoor. He was Superintendent at the local Hoo St. Werburgh Isolation Hospital. He was also a member of the British Medical Association and wrote for the Lancet in 1909.

In 1918 Capt. Herbert Mather Spoor R.A.M.C. was posthumously awarded the Military Cross for 'conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty'. He was killed at the age of 45 on 13 December 1917, and is buried at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium.


1 folder containing 23 photographs and 1 CD

Physical Location


Photographs of University Life taken by Capt. Herbert Mather Spoor R.A.M.C., M.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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