Papers of Reverend Francis Cantlie Donald

Scope and Content

Personal letters and papers of Reverend Francis Cantlie Donald (1882 - 1974), minister of Lumphanan parish, Aberdeenshire, 1913 - 1954. The papers have not been fully listed, but were arranged by his daughter, prior to deposit, into the following series: university and early activites (including diaries); induction; parish matters; sermons, minister's classes, and union of churches; heritors and teinds; churchyard; education; Presbytery and Assembly; 1939 - 1945 war; retirement; post-retirement; and photographs

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Cantlie Donald, son of Mary Cantlie and John Donald, labourer, was born in Mortlach, Banffshire on 2 Oct 1882. After graduating from the University of Aberdeen, MA 1905, he became assistant master at Laurencekirk and Aberchirder schools. He returned to the University in 1908, where he entered the Faculty of Divinity, and in 1911 was licenced by the Presbytery of Strathbogie and appointed assistant minister at Huntly. He was ordained and inducted minister of Lumphanan in 1913, a charge which he held until his retirement in 1954. He married Mary, daughter of Alexander Reid, of Wellpark, Larbert on 4 Oct 1913, and died in Inverness on 18 Jan 1974, aged 91. For many years, he had served as joint clerk of the Presbytery of Deeside.

For further biographical details see Heather M. Gilbert, As a Tale that is Told: a Church of Scotland Parish, 1913 - 1954 (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1983)


Arranged in 12 series, as outlined in Scope and Content. The collection is presently unlisted, but will be made available to bona-fide researchers.

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Aug and Oct 1985, by Reverend Francis Donald's daughter, Heather M. Gilbert.

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

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Related Material

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Heather M. Gilbert's As a Tale that is Told: a Church of Scotland Parish, 1913 - 1954 (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1983) was based on the papers deposited here.

Additional Information

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