Collection relating to Rev. Dr. A. K. H. Boyd (1825-1899)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-631
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 letter, 1 fragment, 1 portrait photograph, 2 cuttings Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      Gen. 1429/10/8 Boyd; Gen. 1981/27

Scope and Content

The material includes: a letter to Robert Cochrane, November 1886; a signed portrait photograph; a fragment of a letter; article on Boyd from The Christian globe, 19 July 1899; obituary from Daily news, 3 March 1899; and, letter to the Bishop of Grahamstown, April 1897.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Kennedy Hutchison Boyd was born at Auchinleck Manse, Ayrshire, on 3 November 1825. He studied at King's College and at the Middle Temple, London, with the idea of becoming a barrister, then went to Glasgow University with the intention of entering the Church. He graduated in 1846 and in 1850 was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Ayr. For a time he assisted at St. George's, Edinburgh, then in 1851 he was ordained Minister at Newton-on-Ayr. In 1854 Boyd became the Minister at Kirkpatrick-Irongray, near Dumfries, and while there began writing for Fraser's magazine under the name A.K.H.B. In 1859 he was appointed Minister at St. Bernard's, Edinburgh, and in 1864 Edinburgh University conferred on him the honorary degree of D.D. In 1865 he was appointed Minister in St. Andrews and while there began work on recommendations for improvements in the ritual of the Church of Scotland. In 1890 he was appointed Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Boyd's publications include the essay series Recreations of a country parson (1839, 1861, and 1878), Graver thoughts of a country parson (1862, 1865, and 1875), and Scotch communion Sunday (1873). One of his last public services was the re-opening of St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, on 11 July 1894. The Rev. Dr. Andrew Kennedy Hutchison Boyd died at Iffley, Bournemouth, on 1 March 1899. He was buried in the Cathedral grounds, St. Andrews.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Letter, fragment, cuttings, acquired January 1970, Accession no. E70.2


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol.22. Supplement. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes shows a reference to Boyd in the form of a letter to Sir. C. J. Pearson, January 1892, at Gen. 756, no.49 (check the Indexes for more details). In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: correspondence with Blackwoods, 1867-1897, National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, Ref. MSS 4218-4714 passim., and letters (17), 1865-1897 and undated, Ref. Acc 5373; and letters (22), 1861-1862, Huntington Library.