Notebooks of James Dean Ogilvie, 1866-1949, 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 in 1866 and lived in Milngavie, Scotland. James was a merchant based in Glasgow, 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

Access is open, however an appointment may be required. Please email Archives and Special Collections for advice:

Acquisition Information

Gift : J W Ogilvie : 1955 : ACCN 2500

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents. Applications for permission to quote should be sent to Archives and Special Collections, please email:

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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