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Engineering drawings of John McKay Campbell

Identifier: Coll-2011

Content Description

This fonds consists of 25 technical drawings produced by John McKay Campbell for his engineering degree, which he started in 1934 at the University of Edinburgh, and completed in June 1939 after the war. Titles of drawings include: "D.C. Machine", "Light Country Bridge", "Proposed road", "Grouped flange-place splice", "Survey of pasture fields", "Survey of drill fields", and "Non-concurrent coplanar forces".


  • Creation: 1934


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Biographical / Historical

John McKay Campbell was born in 1916 in Golspie, Northern Scotland, to Alexander Cambell, a blacksmith who manufactured the Campbell bicycle and later owned a garage called Campbell & Sons in Golspie.

John started his engineering degree at the University of Edinburgh in 1934, but his studies were interrupted by the war. He enlisted with the Royal Air Force as a flight engineer. Two of his brothers, William and David, went to Burma where they both died, and the fourth of the brothers, Kenneth, was in the Home Guard.

After the war, John was able to complete his engineering degree and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in June 1939. However, after their father Alexander died in 1946 John and his brother Kenneth were left with heavy death duties and debts, and struggled to maintain the family business, selling it to the Inverness motor dealers McRae & Dick in 1960.

Just after the sale, John moved to Welling, London to become a mathematics and science teacher in Woolwich Secondary boy's school, retiring at 65. He died aged 70 in 1986, his chest having been weakened from malaria in his Indian war service.


25 drawings ; 56 x 79 cm

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in September 2020. Accession no. SC-Acc-2020-0094.

Processing Information

Catalogued in November 2020 by Aline Brodin.

Engineering drawings of John McKay Campbell, 1934
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Repository Details

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