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Correspondence, diaries, records of consultation, drafts and typescripts of lectures, articles and papers, and personal papers, of and relating to Dr William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn

Identifier: Acc.13332- is now part of MSS.50100-50251.

Scope and Contents

Ronald Fairbairn was born in Edinburgh in 1889 and educated at Merchiston Castle School and the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Kiel and Strasbourg. During the First World War he served as a Territorial in the Royal Garrison Artillery with postings in Egypt and Palestine. He was Assistant Physician at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental Diseases from 1923-1924 and subsequently forged a career in medical psychology. He produced numerous psychological publications. He married, firstly, Mary Ann Gordon (d. 1952) and, secondly, Marion Frances Archer. He died on 31 December 1964.


  • Creation: 1896-2006.


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1-2 : Correspondence

3-58 : Engagement diaries

59-68 : Records of consultations

69-72 : Account books

73-74 : Address books

75-81 : Lectures, papers and articles

82: Copies of correspondence

83-91 : Personal papers

92 : Legacy

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 2012, by the family of W R D Fairbairn, through the good offices of Caro Birtles, Gloucestershire.14 May 2012

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Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository