Papers of George Calder, 1859-1941; lecturer in Celtic, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1912-1935

Scope and Content

Materials relating mainly to George Calder's work on a text and English translation of Saltair na Rann, an anthology of biblical poems attributed to Oengus the Culdee. Includes draft version of the text, vocabulary information.

See also: p. 454

Administrative / Biographical History

George Calder was born in Durris, Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1859 . He attended the school in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, before attending the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, graduating MA in 1881 and DLitt in 1917. In 1884 he received his BD from the University of Edinburgh.

He was licensed by the Presbytery of Fordoun, Aberdeenshire, in 1884 and was an assistant at Aberlour until 1885. He was than a missionary at Struan in 1886, Ardgour in 1893, Connel Ferry in 1894. In 1894, he was ordained as a minister and was minister for Strathfillan, Stirling, Scotland where he lived with his wife, Edith, whom he married in 1899. He resigned his position 1912 after being appointed lecturer in Celtic at the University of Glasgow, a post he held until his retirement in 1935 . A noted Celtic scholar, he worked on an edition and English translation of Saltair na Rann, an anthology of biblical poems attributed to Oengus the Culdee. In 1936, George was awarded a DD from the University of Glasgow. He died in 1941.

Source: Hew Scott, Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: The Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation, (Edinburgh, 1915)


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