He was an only child. He married Joan Danbury ("Helen Alderson") on 5 November 1941 at St Mary Magdalene church in Thirsk. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. In January 1940 he travelled south to Sunderland where he was employed for 6 months by J.J. McDowall as a Veterinary Surgeon. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. In 1991, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was admitted for treatment at the Lambert Memorial Hospital in Thirsk. James Herriot, British veterinarian and writer. James Herriot, the author whose "All Creatures Great and Small" and 17 other books have drawn even the most urban of readers into a magical country world of animals and their veterinarians, died yesterday at his home near Thirsk, Yorkshire, in northern England. Alf (James) received a full partnership from Donald Sinclair. Alf (James) was made Life President of Sunderland Football Club. The World of James Herriot museum encompasses the very essence of the world renowned vet. Alf Wight ("James Herriot") was born on 3 October 1916 in Sunderland, near Newcastle. This was his favourite view in all England. They were loosely based on his real life, but incorporated a lot of fictional elements. Died: February 23, 1995 in "Mirebeck", Thirlby, North Yorkshire, England, UK (prostate cancer) Birth Name: James Alfred Wight In the 1980's, as he began to retire from his veterinary practice, Mr. Herriot wrote a series of storybooks for children, including "Moses the Kitten" (1986) and "The Christmas Day Kitten" (1986). Alf (James) travelled to America to promote ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. His humorous, fictionalized reminiscences were published under the name James Herriot in If Only They Could Talk (1970) and It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet (1972), which were issued in the U.S. as All Creatures Great and Small (1972). 1995. After deciding to return to writing James published his last book “Every Living Thing”. Premium Membership is now 50% off! At the time of his death, Mr. Herriot was writing an introduction to another collection, to be published next year, "James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories." His final honour was to have the new library at Glasgow Veterinary School named The James Herriot Library in recognition of his services to the profession. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. A 'Fellow' is the senior category of membership of the RCVS for members who have demonstrated significant original contribution to their subject. The show was instantly popular and reached viewing figures in excess of 13 million. Even with hospital treatment, he died 23rd Feb 1995. In total the TV series covered 90 episodes over a 12 year period. Also this year, the sequel film was released called ‘It Shouldn’t Happen To a Vet’. Then, in 1992, he brought his veterinary adventures up to date with "Every Living Thing," which was praised in a review in The New York Times as being "full of innocent and uncontrived charm.". They had two children, Jim (born 1943) and Rosie (born 1947): Jim is a vet who used to work in the Sinclair/Wight practice and Rosie is a General Practitioner (family doctor). It was also at this time that he read an article in the Meccano Magazine about being a vet and this set him on a path into the veterinary profession. In 1940, after graduating from Glasgow Veterinary College, he moved to the rural community where his books are set. In the books, James Herriot arrived at Darrowby in the mid 1930s and one book describes the events leading up to the outbreak of World War II. His earlier collection "James Herriot's Dog Stories" was a best seller. At the time the books were published, veterinary surgeons were discouraged from writing under their own names. Herriot passed away in 1995 at the age of 78, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was an only child. On November 5, 1941, James Herriot married Joan Catherine Anderson Danbury and had two children James Alexander and Rosemary. His father James Henry Wight was a Ship Plater by trade but also an accomplished pianist and his mother, Hannah Bell, sang Contralto. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, James Herriot walking his dogs on his farm in Yorkshire, James Herriot played by Nicholas Ralph in All Creatures Great And Small, Credit: ViacomCBS / Photographer: Todd Antony, James Herriot with his wife Joan after receiving his OBE at Buckingham Palace, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). James Herriot, 78, Writer, Dies; Animal Stories Charmed People. When did James Herriot die? His birth name was James Alfred Wight, but he wrote under the name James Herriot. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. When James Herriot died in 1995, Hambleton District Council bought the house and started a £1.4 million restoration programme. The museum has a bit for everyone with a behind the scenes tour of 'All creatures great and small', a look into life in the 1940's plus interactive activities for children. Joan appears in his books under the name Helen Alderson! His family moved to Glasgow when James was just three weeks old. (Doctorate of Letters) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. "When people ask me what he was like, I say, 'If you know his books you know James.' James Herriot (real name James Alfred Wight) was born on 3rd October 1916 in Sunderland in the North East of England. The Humane Society of the United States of America created an annual award ‘James Herriot’s name for kindness to animals’. September 1928 - June 1933, attended Hillhead High School. When he was just three weeks old his parents moved to Glasgow where he grew up. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/biography/James-Herriot, Amercian Society of Authors and Writers - Biography of James Herriot, James Herriot - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). 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A year later he moved to a town called Thirsk in North Yorkshire, where he practised for almost 50 years. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Joan Wight, the widow of the Yorkshire veterinarian who wrote under the name James Herriot and the model for a character in his books and television programs based … Within its broad framework, the genre of the novel has encompassed an…, Western literature, history of literatures in the languages of the Indo-European family, along with a small number of other languages whose cultures became closely associated with the West, from ancient times to the present. Now see the video. In 1991, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and died of it on 23 February 1995 at his home in Thirsk. When did James Herriot become an author? 1953. Omissions? Michael Joseph Ltd published a revised version of his first book under the name James Herriot (after a Birmingham goalkeeper). Wight joined the practice of two veterinarian brothers working in the Yorkshire Dales and at age 50 was persuaded by his wife to write down his collection of anecdotes. When did James Herriot die? He qualified on the 14th December 1939. Alf (James) went to Yoker Primary School and then onto Hillhead High School. His father James Henry Wight was a Ship Plater by trade but also an accomplished pianist and his mother, Hannah Bell, sang Contralto.