Dr. James Robert Kaye (1856-1941)

Dr. James Robert Kaye was a health officer employed by the Huddersfield Corporation for a period which included the early 1890s.

He later became the Medical Officer for West Riding and served a term as the President of the Scottish Society.


He was born on 18 January 1856 in Kinclaven, Perthshire, Scotland, the son of schoolmaster James Kaye and his wife Janet (née Macmillan)[1].

He married widow Catherine Elizabeth Davies (née Barwick), daughter of Charles Henry Barwick, at St. Martin-In-The Fields, Westminster, on 15 September 1885. Catherine Elizabeth was generally known as "Katie".

In early 1891, he helped contain an outbreak of smallpox at the Butterley Reservoir labourer's accommodation. For this, he received a gratuity from the Waterworks Commission for helping to "stamp out what might have proved a very dangerous epidemic."[2]

At the time of the 1891 Census, the couple were living at 62 Trinity Street, Huddersfield. By 1896, they had moved to Wakefield and were listed residing at The Towers, 22 Bond Street, in the 1911 Census.

They eventually retired to Hove, Sussex, where Catherine Elizabeth died on 26 May 1940.

James Robert Kaye died less than a year later on 13 Jan 1941 in Hove. His probate record listed effects to the value of £8,730 14s. 7d.

Notes and References

  1. Janet Kaye is also named as "Agnes" and "Jessy" in the genealogical records
  2. "Huddersfield Country Borough Council: Waterworks" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (20/Apr/1893).