Material relating to Professor Alfred Edward Taylor (1869-1945)

Scope and Content

The material is composed of: newspaper cuttings; notes; family papers including those relating to the Rev. Ernest Wesley Taylor; photograph of the Rev. E.W.Taylor; and, copies of off-prints, proceedings, journals, including Truth and practice reprinted from the Philosophical review Vol.14. No.3. May 1905, a 1908 copy of College echoes from St. Andrews university, a 1901 copy of Missionary notes. The Australian Board of Missions, and a 1905 copy of West Australia Church News from Perth, Australia.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alfred Edward Taylor was born on 22 December 1869. He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath, and he studied at New College, Oxford. He was a Fellow of Merton College, 1891-1898. He was the brother of the Rev. Ernest Wesley Taylor who studied at Oxford and at Cuddesdon Theological College (Ripon College, Cuddesdon). From 1896, Alfred Edward Taylor was an assistant lecturer in Greek at Owens College, Manchester, and in 1903 he became Professor of Philosophy at McGill University in Montreal. In 1908, Taylor returned to Britain as Professor of Moral Philosophy at St. Andrews University, and in 1924 he was appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University. He became Professor Emeritus in 1941. Taylor was an international authority on Plato and he was a strong Anglo-Catholic. His publications include The problem of conduct (1901, Plato and Thomas Hobbes in philosophies ancient and modern (1908), St. Thomas Aquinas as a philosopher (1924), The faith of a moralist (1930), and Socrates (1933). Professor Alfred Edward Taylor died on 31 October 1945.

The Rev. Ernest Wesley Taylor had died at Barble Bay, New Guinea on 23 June 1903.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material was acquired from Dr. P. Dunstan, Divinity Faculty, Cambridge University, July 1995, Accession no. E95.54


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1941-1950. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1952. (2) The dictionary of national biography. The concise dictionary. Part 2. 1901-1970. Oxford: OUP, 1982

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes show a reference to Taylor related material (check the Indexes for more details), namely: translations from Plato and Leibnitz, 20th century, at Dc.1.92. In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes several locations of Taylor related material: letters (33) to Samuel Alexander, 1904-1931 and undated, Manchester University, John Rylands Library, Ref. Alexander papers NRA 25975 Alexander; letters to E. H. Blakeney (22 items), 1925-1942, Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Ref. Add 7509 NRA 40859 Blakeney; and, correspondence with Macmillans, 1900-1939, British Library, Manuscript Collections, Ref. Add MS 55166.