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Three letters from Dr Norman Leys

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MS. Eng. c. 7963, fols. 82-84
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Three letters from Norman Leys comprising:

  1. (fol. 82) to his younger step-brother, Duncan Leys, from Glasgow discussing the state of the war, 11 Dec 1917. Duncan was serving in the infantry on the western front.
  2. (fol. 83) to his step-brother Duncan from Nyasaland discussing the state of the war, 28 Mar 1918
  3. (fol. 84) to his sister in law, Erica, from Wa[s]hwood Heath, Birmingham, discussing the Spanish Civil War, 10 Feb 1937


  • Creation: 1917-1937


3 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7963, fol. 82].

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MS. Eng. c. 7963, fols. 82-84

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16183


Three letters from Norman Leys.

Biographical / Historical

Norman Leys was born in Liverpool in 1875 and studied medicine at the University of Glasgow. In 1901 he went to Chinde in Portuguese East Africa to work as a doctor for the African Lakes Corporation. In 1905 he moved to British East Africa and served as a government medical officer for seven years, based in Mombasa, Nakuru and Fort Hall. He championed the cause of the Maasai people when they went to court in 1913 over being forcibly moved from their territories and following this Leys was sent to Nyasaland.

On returning to Britain Leys became a General Practitioner in Derbyshire but continued to be an active critic of colonial policy on Africa, his book Kenya (1924) going through four editions.

Leys died in 1944.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 2019 by Colin Leys, nephew of Norman Leys.

Catalogue of three letters from Dr Norman Leys
Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom