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Accession Number: 94-012


Medd family fonds. Additions. -- 1970-1991. -- 13 cm of textual records. -- 16 prints. -- 73 photographs.

Biography / History

The Medd family were early settlers in Millbrook, Cavan Township, Upper Canada who later moved to Peterborough, Upper Canada. The first member of the Medd family to settle in the region was Robert Medd. His son Thomas Medd (ca. 1850-1916) married Mary Scott (1845-1922) in 1870. Mary Scott was the granddaughter of Adam Scott, the first pioneer settler on the site of Peterborough. They had two sons, Sidney T. Medd and A.W. Medd. Sidney Taylor Medd, a barrister, married Estelle Lumsden Ackerman some time between 1909 and 1910. They had two children, Scott Ackerman Medd, born in 1911, and Mary E. Medd. Scott Ackerman was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario and upon graduation, was employed by the Bank of Montreal in both Peterborough and Oshawa. In 1932, dissatisfied with his career in banking, Scott Medd successfully applied to the Royal Academy School in London, England. In 1938, he married Beryl Gray-Rees in London, and on June of the following year, their only child Miriam Frances was born. With the outbreak of the World War II in 1939, Scott Medd's artistic career was interrupted as he spent the next six years of his life with the Royal Artillery. In 1945, he was a member of the British occupation force sent to liberate Norway from the Germans. After the War, Scott returned to art as a teacher at the Camberwell School of Art in London. In 1960, he was appointed Resident Advisor to the Students in Painting at the British School in Rome, Italy. He retained this position until 1970, when illness forced him to retire. Scott Medd had a long and successful career as an artist and teacher. He died November 9, 1984.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Anne Heideman before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of correspondence between Scott Medd and his sister Miss Mary Medd of Peterborough, Ontario. The correspondence is from the later period of their lives. There are also photographs of the Medd and Daniels families.


Title based on creators of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Anne Heideman of Peterborough, Ontario.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds is an addition to 81-001.

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Box 1


1: Correspondence, 1980-1984

2: Notes and clippings on the life and artistic career of Scott Medd

3: Postcards

4: [Scott Medd, self-portrait?]

5: Photographs of Mary Medd, Scott Medd and the Daniels family

6: British War Museum Sketches

7: Postcards and notes regarding Hermione Hammond, artist, and friend of Mary and Scott Medd

Three guide books to Castle Howard plus one copy of The Antique Collector (October 1991) all containing information on the dome at Castle Howard which Scott Medd painted.