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James Guthrie Reid

Birthplace: Blythswood, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Surrey, England
Immediate Family:

Son of <private> Reid and <private> Guthrie
Husband of Dame Clarissa Reid, DBE
Brother of <private> Reid; <private> Reid; <private> Reid; <private> Reid; <private> Reid and 3 others

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About James Guthrie Reid


is the son of William Reid, and his wife, Elizabeth Guthrie. He was born in Glasgow on 28 April 1855 [Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, index, FamilySearch] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F79W-15P

Death and Burial

James Guthrie Reid died on 30 August 1920. He was buried at Brookwood Necropolis in Surrey, England.


James Guthrie Reid married Clarissa Blanche, at Valparaiso in Peru, on 29 January 1890. She was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1918.

Collection of Peruvian Antiquities

When Dame Clarissa Reid died in 1933 she left his collection of Peruvian Antiquities to the British Musem. The British Museum Quarterly describes her bequest thus: "By the wishes of the late Dame Clarissa Reid, an important series of Peruvian antiquities has come to the British Museum. These were originally collected by the late James Guthrie Reid (Manager of Messrs Duncan Fox in Peru), whose personal estates covered part of the important prehistoric cemetery of Nasca (in the south of the Republic) which was discovered shortly before the War. The collection embraces some very fine examples of the polychrome pottery of the Nasca and Yca valleys, as well as gold and silver objects from coastal sires farther north. Among the more remarkable is the Gold Beaker of the Chimu Period, of the Truxillo Region, illustrated in Pl. XXVII. Textiles, in admiral preservation, are also represented, as well as certain types of wood-carving which are very poorly represented in the British Museum. There are also a few specimins of stone and copper work. The collection is not only a valuable supplement to the series in the British Museum, but will fill gaps in the National Collection. T.A.J. [British Museum Quarterly, VIII, No. 2] http://archive.org/stream/britishmuseumqua08britlond#page/n155/mode/2up

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James Guthrie Reid's Timeline

April 28, 1855
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
January 29, 1890
Age 34
August 30, 1920
Age 65
Surrey, England