Papers of Thomas Mackenzie Donn, 1907-2011, arts graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Moral Philosophy, English, History, Social Economics and Religious Education student essays, 1926-1932;
  • Economics unidentified typescripts, undated;
  • Political Economy, Political Philosophy and Religious Education Lecture notebooks, 1930-1932.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Mackenzie Donn was born in Govan on 1 Oct 1907. His father, John Donn, was a postman. Prior to attending university, Thomas was a student at Bellahouston Academy. Thomas attended the University of Glasgow from 1926-1929, taking classes in Moral Philosophy (Ordinary), French (Ordinary) and English (Ordinary) in his first year; Mathematics (Ordinary), History (Ordinary), English (Higher Ordinary) and Italian in his second, and Political Economics, Greek and Herbrew in his third year. He graduated with an MA in June 1929 and subsequently studied theology at Trinity College, Glasgow, from 1929-1932.

He returned to the University of Glasgow from 1930-1932, taking classes in Political Philosophy and Social Economics, Political Economics (Honours) and Economic history in his fourth year, and Divinity and Ecclesiastical History in his fifth and final year. He was ordained in March 1932 and subsequently served as a minister in Stornoway (1932-1934), Rosehall, Sutherland (1934-45), and Carrbridge and Duthil, Strathspey (1945-1969). In May 2010, he became the longest ordained Church of Scotland minister, having been ordained more than 78 years ago. He died in Inverness on 14 September 2011, aged 104.


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Gift : Rev Thomas Mackenzie Donn : 1977

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 16 July 2004. Administrative history edited by Jane Heward, Archives Assistant, 27 June 2011. Lecturers names added and indexed by Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 16 March 2012.

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