Notebooks of James Dean Ogilvie, c1867-1949, merchant, book collector, historian and bibliographer

Scope and Content

  • Notebooks of James Dean Ogilvie relating to sermons preached before the Long Parliament 1640-1653

Administrative / Biographical History

James Dean Ogilvie was born c1867  and lived in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. James was a merchant based in Glasgow, Scotland, and in his spare time a book-collector, historian and bibliographer. He wrote scholarly papers for the bibliographical societies of Edinburgh and Glasgow and studied his own book collection closely, making extensive notes on the flyleaves of his pamphlets. His collection also included 231'Long Parliament sermons' (i.e. the sermons ordered to be preached before the Commons at St Margaret's, Westminster, London, during the tenure of the Long Parliament, 1640-1653), together with typescript introductions to 148 of them written by Ogilvie. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow in 1945 and died in 1949 .


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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift : Ogilvie family member : 1955 : ACCN 2500

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the call number MS Gen 1678. See also Special Collections web page dedicated to the Ogilvie collections at

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, February 2003

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Held by the Ogilvie family. Originally accessioned by the University library as G974-983.


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Related Material

Along with the manuscript material, James Dean Ogilvie's collection of books and pamphlets on the Long Parliament printed during the English Civil War period were donated to the University. See the printed book catalogue at for details.


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