Collection MsC-281 - Reid family collection

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Reid family collection

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  • 1887-1984 (Creation)
    Reid family

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87.5 cm of textual records

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The Reid family lived variously in Scotland, Canada, the United States of America, and New Zealand. John Dunlop Reid, Jr. (1865-1917) and Roberta Reid (1879-1969); their children Fergus Reid (1903-1987) and Kenneth Dunlop Reid (1901-?).

John Dunlop Reid, Jr. was born in Dunlop, East Ayrshire, Scotland on February 21, 1865 to John Dunlop Reid, Sr. (dates unknown) and Helen Muir (died Feb. 1895). He arrived in North America around 1884 and worked as a sheep farmer in Rock Springs and Salt Wells in Wyoming, prior to moving to Metchosin, British Columbia. In 1895 he bought land in British Columbia and named the area Glenrosa Farm. Here he continued to work as a sheep breeder and as a fruit grower. He married his cousin, Roberta Reid (nee Reid) on December 15, 1897 in Victoria, British Columbia. She was born on December 10, 1879 in Owensboro, Daviess County Kentucky, USA and died on January 16, 1969 in Victoria, British Columbia. John and Roberta corresponded with his siblings, Thomas Reid and Jessie Reid, and with her parents, Anne Marie Reid (nee Jamieson) (d.1900) and Thomas Reid (d. 1919).

John Dunlop Reid, Jr. and Roberta Reid had three children: Robert Reid (1900-1900), who died at only a few months of age; Fergus Reid (1903-1987) and Kenneth Dunlop Reid (1901 - ?).
Roberta Reid married her second husband, Robert Duggan Young, in 1925. Robert Young passed away in 1947.

Kenneth Dunlop Reid married Margaret Harriet Cullum in 1926. They had one child, Ronald Dunlop Reid (1931-2021).

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Materials were in the custody of the SFU Research Centre for Scottish Studies prior to their acquisition by Special Collections and Rare Books in 2024.

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The collection includes 18 annual diaries written by John Dunlop Reid. These diaries span the years 1887-1897, 1900, 1902-1907, 1912. The collection also includes correspondence among members of the Dunlop Reid family, including John Dunlop Reid, his parents and siblings, his spouse Roberta Reid, her parents, cousins, and friends, John and Roberta's children, Fergus Reid and Kenneth Reid, and their children, grandchildren, other relatives, and friends.

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The archivist arranged the diaries in chronological order. An unknown person organized the letters in more or less chronological order by year. This happened at some point prior to their acquisition by Special Collections and Rare Books. The archivist retained this chronological order. There are some years from which many letters survive. For preservation purposes, and to keep individual files from being too thick, these larger groupings of letters have been divided into two physical folders.

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Interview of Ronald Reid in the SFU Digitized Collections Scottish Oral History Collection:

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Created by Alexandra Wieland (May 2024)

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