Papers of Thomas Moffat Murchison, 1907-1984, Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar

Scope and Content

  • Notes on church history, especially Wester Ross c1900s
  • Papers relating to the Highland Development League 1947-1953
  • Articles, lectures, press cuttings, mainly relating to Highlands 1935-1969
  • Sermons c1900
  • Papers relating to Kenneth MacLeod, 1872-1955, Church of Scotland minister c1900s

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Moffat Murchison,  1907-1984 , was born on 27 July  1907 . He was educated at the High School in Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, and from 1926 to 1932 at the  University of Glasgow, Scotland and  Trinity College, Glasgow, Scotland, gaining an MA in 1929. He became Doctor of Divinity in  1964 . He was a Minister Church of Scotland, first in Glenelg, Highlands, Scotland, 1932-1937; then at St Columba, Copland Road, Glasgow, 1937-1966; and finally at St Columba Summertown Church, Glasgow, 1966-1972. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1969. Apart from his career in the Church Murchison was a prominent Gaelic scholar. He was crowned Bard of the National Mod in 1958 and was the Chief of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, Scotland, in 1961. He was also president of the Highland Development League. He published numerous articles in English and Gaelic and was involved in several broadcasts. His publications included:The Plight of the Smallholders (1935); and Gaelic prose writing of Donald Lamont (1960). He edited Alba, A Miscellany (1948) and The Golden Key (1950). Furthermore, he was the editor of The Gael from 1946 to 1957. He died in January  1984 .


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Gift : June 1986 : ACCN 4609, Gift : June 1992 : ACCN 4758

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Collection level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at the  Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department website, searching by the call number MS Gen 1650

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Fonds level description compiled by Wiebke Redlich, Archives Assistant (Hub), 30 July 2003.

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