Papers of George Murray Davidson Short, 1890-1978, arts graduate and missionary, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Photograph of Gandhi and George Short, 1927;
  • Press cutting photograph of Gandhi, 1927;
  • Letter from Gandhi to George Short, 1927.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rev George Murray Davidson Short was born on 21 December 1890, the son of John Short, a watchmaker from Bartleholm, Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was a student at the University of Glasgow from 1907-1912 and graduated MA in 1912 having studied Latin, Greek, Mathematics, English Literature, Logic, History, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Political Economy and Hebrew. During his studies he lived in Partick, Glasgow, and was, by 1916, a Church of Scotland minister. In 1924, he moved from Glasgow to work in Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland. From 1925 he was a missionary minister in Kalcutta, India, and became Chaplain of the Indian Ecclesiastical Establishment. During his time there he was Secretary of the Bangalore Missionary Conference which invited Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), to address them. In 1927, while ministering at St Andrew's Church, Bangalore, India, Short had a private discussion with Gandhi in his home. In 1944, Short returned to Scotland to the parish of Largo, Fife. Short's ministry finally took him to Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, in 1954, where he lived until his death in 1978.


Arranged in the order in which it was received.

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Acquisition Information

Gift : Rev George M D Short : 1973 : ACCN 2092

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This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by Rev George M D Short prior to deposit


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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by Allison Cunningham, Archives Assistant, 8 January 2001. Lower level description compiled by members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff