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Material relating to Dr. James Griffiths Macaskie

Identifier: Coll-1248

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of:

  1. a set of surgical instruments (incomplete) in a presentation case with inscription: Edinburgh School of Medicine / Surgery 1877-78 / John Chiene, Lecturer / J. Griffith Macaskie
  2. a Bronze Medal, School of Medicine, Edinburgh, awarded to James G. Macaskie 1874-75, Second Prize, Institutes of Medicine or Physiology, Dr. J. Bell Pettigrew, Lecturer
  3. medical practice photograph, 1888
  4. paper copy of diary of Dr. James G. Macaskie
  5. copy of same diary on CD
  6. wartime account by John C. Johnson (RAFVR Medical)
  7. a brief biography of 'A country Doctor: Dr. James Griffith Macaskie' by Dr. John Cunningham Johnson
  8. biographical material on local Doctors, by Dr. John Cunningham Johnson


  • Creation: 1874-1888


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Biographical / Historical

James Griffith Macaskie was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed on 1 December 1856. He was the third son of George Macaskie. James attended Berwick Grammar School and then went to Edinburgh to study at the School of Medicine, Surgeon's Hall. He lived with his uncle, Dr. J. Cochran, and he assisted at the Apothecary of a relative in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh. He was awarded a Bronze Medal for Physiology (Second Prize) while at Surgeon's Hall and was given a set of surgical instruments. He completed his studies at the young age of 21, and became an assistant to Dr. Crompton in Bury, Lancashire, before qualifying in 1878 - Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) LRCS, and Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) LRCP. Macaskie registered in England on 20 September 1878.

In 1880, Macaskie became an assistant to Dr. Lewis G. Broadbent MD in Bamburgh, Northumberland, and became a practice partner in 1883. With his prospects secure, he married Marianne Kidd, daughter of a Tynemouth solicitor. In 1890 he took examinations in Edinburgh for the Diploma in Public Health (DPH Glasgow). On the retiral of Dr. Broadbent in 1891, Macaskie took up residence in the Doctor's House (thus also taking on the free Dispensary at Bamburgh Castle supported by the Lord Crewe Charity).

During the Great War of 1914-1918, two of Macaskie's sons served with the RMC in Egypt and India, and a third was Commissioned in 1918 and served in France. That son died in 1924 due to ill-health acquired during the War.

Macaskie retired in 1927 and he moved to Harrogate to be close to a brother. On the death of that brother, he returned To Northumberland, to Seahouses, in 1936. Dr. James Griffiths Macaskie died on 3 January 1945.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired from a family member 2009. Accession no: E2009.44.

Processing Information

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections.

Material relating to Dr. James Griffith Macaskie (1856-1945)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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