Cowie, Louie.

Reference code(s): GB 0237 Edinburgh University Library, CSCNWW 27
Held at: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh
Title: Cowie, Louie.
Date(s) of contents: 1933-1969
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 3 boxes


Name of creator(s): Cowie, Louie J. F.

Administrative/Biographical history: Louie J. F. Cowie, Church of Scotland missionary in Yemen and South Arabia, came from Aberdeen. She went to Aden as a missionary nurse in 1933 after first spending time in Jerusalem studying Arabic. In Aden she was based in Sheikh Othman working in the mission's hospital until 1937 when she went to San'a the capital of Yemen. There she joined a small group working in the medical department of the Iman and stayed there for six years, with breaks for furlough and enforced leave after contracting typhus in 1942. In late 1943 the mission withdrew from San'a and Cowie returned to Aden and the work in the hospital and rural dispensaries. She was also involved in a training programme to teach young men how to set up and run dispensaries in their own areas. In early 1951 Cowie spent some time in Beihan then in 1952 moved there to set up a permanent clinic. She remained there for three years before returning to Sheikh Othman in 1955 to take charge of the hospital. She was in Aden for the birth of the Arab Church of South Arabia in 1961 and was also awarded an MBE. She finally retired and returned to Scotland in 1965.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The material was presented to the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World in the late 1990s by Gladys Farquhar.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of: circular letters from Cowie describing her work and the mission in Yemen and some holidays taken in retirement (1933-1969); a medal given to Cowie for her services in Yemen; a Church of Scotland pamphlet on the mission (1964); Cowie's New Testament in Arabic; and a set of slides of scenes and mission work in Yemen.

System of arrangement: The items are arranged as above. The letters are in chronological order and the slides in number order.


Language: English and Arabic.

Conditions governing access: Contact the repository for details.

Conditions governing reproduction: Contact the repository for details.

Physical characteristics: The slides can be seen without special equipment but a projector is needed to see them at full size.

Finding aids: A handlist is available and the slides are indexed separately.


Related material: The archives of the foreign missions of the Church of Scotland are held by the National Library of Scotland.


Archivist's note: Compiled by Caroline Brown, Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, Edinburgh University.

Note: The biographical history was compiled using the collection itself.

Date(s) of descriptions: 4 June, 2001


Personal names
Cowie | Louie

Corporate names
Church of Scotland

Middle East