Papers of Alec Lawrence Macfie, 1898-1980, economist, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, 1945-1958, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

MS Gen 1517: 

  • Correspondence relating to war service, 1917-1918
  • General correspondence, 1932-1952
  • Photographs relating to John Mandeville Macfie, 1915-1945
  • Lecture notes, 1919-1920

MS Gen 1643: 

  • Offprints, 1927-1976
  • Monographs, 1929-1973
  • Correspondence, 1934-1990
  • Press cuttings, 1935-1961
  • Notes, 1900s
  • Account sheets, 1934-1946
  • Receipts, 1932-1933
  • Proofs, 1954-1976
  • Birth certificate, 1898
  • Photographs, 1900s
  • Portraits, 1900s
  • Audio cassettes, Centre for the Study of the Presidency, 1976
  • Material from Alec Lawrence Macfie's brother John Mandeville Macfie, relating to the Salonika (Thessaloniki, Greece) campaign of the First World War, 1915-1919

Dougan Add. 65-69: 

  • Photographs by John Mandeville Macfie

Administrative / Biographical History

Alec Lawrence Macfie was born on 29 May 1898 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was the son of William G Macfie, United Presbyterian Church Minister, and Alison Macfie, nee Wilson. He was educated at the High School of Glasgow and at the University of Glasgow. He served in the 1914-1918 World War with the 2nd Battalion The Gordon Highlanders between 1917 and 1918. In 1930, he became lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Glasgow and was Professor of Political Economy at the same university 1946-1958.

After his retirement in 1958 he lived in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, until his death in 1980. Alec Lawrence Macfie was the brother of Major General John Mandeville Macfie (1891-1985), who was educated at the South African College School, Cape Town, South Africa, the High School of Glasgow and the University of Glasgow. He graduated in 1915. In the same year be became Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He continued his medical career in the army until his retirement in 1952.

Source: Who's Who, 1979( 1979 London)


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

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Gift : Prof Andrew Skinner : March 1996 : ACCN 4396

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Gift : Estate of A.L. Macfie : Dec 1984 : ACCN 4815

Transfer : Adam Smith Building : January 1993 : ACCN 4602

Gift : March 1996 : ACCN 4655

Gift : March 1996 : ACCN 4656

Transfer : Glasgow University Archive Services : Nov 2005 : ACCN 4901

Transfer : Adam Smith Business School : June 2013 : ACCN 5015

Related Material

GB 097 BLPES/RES/6/1/308 Alec Lawrence Macfie, correspondence with the editors of the Economic Journal 1952-1969 (London School of Economics Library)

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